Liquid renewable fuels in Canada, 2020

Release date: February 7, 2022
Infographic: Liquid renewable fuels in Canada, 2020
Description: Liquid renewable fuels in Canada, 2020

What are liquid renewable fuels?

Liquid renewable fuels are also known as liquid biofuels and are made from biomass. They are mixed with traditional gasoline diesel in an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. 


Production of liquid renewable fuels (2020)
Table summary
This table displays the results of Production of liquid renewable fuels (2020) Fuel ethanol (denatured) and Renewable except fuel ethanol, calculated using cubic metres units of measure (appearing as column headers).
Fuel ethanol (denatured) Renewable except fuel ethanol
cubic metres
January 158,166 34,735
February 149,497 32,228
March 147,191 28,164
April 85,451 29,272
May 88,331 33,762
June 129,908 31,083
July 150,008 39,983
August 146,424 32,861
September 134,745 32,338
October 139,203 33,321
November 155,234 42,270
December 139,070 35,481

Did you know?

  • Renewable fuels are produced in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec.
  • Due to COVID-19-related restrictions, consumption of motor gasoline fell significantly. As a result, the amount of fuel ethanol to be produced was reduced. Diesel consumption has been very steady throughout the pandemic, as has production of renewable fuels except fuel ethanol.

Renewable fuel feedstocks

  • Ethanol is mostly made from cereal grains.
  • Renewable fuels except fuel ethanol are mostly made from vegetable oils.

Production of wet and dry distillers grains (ethanol plants) (2020)
Table summary
This table displays the results of Production of wet and dry distillers grains (ethanol plants) (2020) metric tonnes (appearing as column headers).
metric tonnes
January 134,447
February 126,273
March 126,943
April 85,622
May 77,293
June 110,358
July 130,699
August 124,182
September 114,229
October 115,867
November 130,380
December 107,262

Did you know?

  • Distillers’ grains are the most common product co-produced at ethanol plants and are commonly sold as a nutritious livestock feed. Biodiesel plants co-produce glycerol or glycerine, which is used in food and medicinal products. 
  • The current federal renewable fuel blending requirements in Canada are 5% for gasoline and 2% for diesel.

Renewable fuels blended with refined petroleum products (2020)
Table summary
This table displays the results of Renewable fuels blended with refined petroleum products (2020) Fuel ethanol (denatured) and Renewable except fuel ethanol, calculated using cubic metres units of measure (appearing as column headers).
Fuel ethanol (denatured) Renewable except fuel ethanol
cubic metres
January 251,830 42,425
February 251,026 42,146
March 220,211 58,778
April 149,929 67,230
May 196,360 97,825
June 228,311 81,651
July 255,608 76,484
August 255,065 65,261
September 251,338 66,668
October 255,816 42,055
November 233,101 27,487
December 220,439 24,281

Note: “Renewable fuels except fuel ethanol” includes biodiesel (FAME), renewable diesel (HDRD) and other renewable fuels.

Sources: Statistics Canada, Monthly Renewable Fuel Survey and Monthly Refined Petroleum Products.

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