In another victory for sustainable fuel supplies, British Columbia has become home to Canada’s inaugural standalone renewable diesel refinery. This $380-million facility, based in Prince George and operated by Tidewater Renewables, marks a significant milestone in Canada’s sustainable energy landscape.
Renewable diesel is a drop-in replacement for diesel fuel, made from renewable products such as vegetable oil, animal fats, used cooking oil or even algae. The product has gained popularity in recent years, making up a growing portion of US and Canadian diesel supply. The product can be used in existing fuel infrastructure at 100% blends, making it an easy and simple product for fleets to use to achieve their sustainability goals.
According to the CBC News article, the facility is set to start its operations “in the near future,” and Canadian officials anticipate an impressive daily production of more than 3,000 barrels of low-carbon fuel, complemented by the generation of renewable hydrogen. The production of renewable diesel at the refinery will involve blending feedstocks like canola and tallow with transportation fuels to reduce their carbon intensity.
Renewable Energy Hub
Thanks to its strategic location and transportation links, Prince George is attracting investments and making remarkable progress in renewable energy. With the province’s support, it is on track to becoming a renewable energy leader. The city’s hydrogen hub, approved hydrogen production facility, and upcoming hydrogen refueling station for heavy-duty trucks are now set to transform the Canadian renewable energy landscape.
Is Renewable Diesel Right for My Fleet?
Renewable diesel offers a variety of benefits, both for the environment and the economy. With cleaner combustion and up to 85% fewer emissions compared to conventional diesel, it significantly contributes to reducing air pollution and combating climate change. Additionally, renewable diesel’s lower carbon intensity and use of 100% renewable feedstocks enhance its appeal.
If you want to know if renewable diesel is a good fit for your fleet, reach out to Mansfield. Our experts will take a close look at your operations and current fuel costs to give you details about the economic, environmental, and operational benefits you can expect.
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