"Manitoba is about to become the first province in Canada to mandate the use of biodiesel.
Starting Nov. 1, all diesel fuel sold in the province must contain an average of two per cent biodiesel, Energy Minister Jim Rondeau announced Thursday.
He said the measure will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 56,000 tonnes, the equivalent of taking 11,000 cars off the road each year.
"Today's announcement … once again reinforces Manitoba's reputation as an innovator when it comes to the development of the biofuels industry," Rondeau said. "Biodiesel will benefit Manitoba's agricultural communities while reducing greenhouse gas emissions."
But a think-tank for sustainabilty said Thursday its research shows the fuel is no bargain when you compare its cost with environmental benefits.
"Our study shows this is an expensive way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions," said Stephan Barg of the International Institute for Sustainable Development. "What Canada really needs is a is not a provincial program but a national program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions."
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