BioFuelNet Canada (BFN) is a Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) which is endowed with a five (5) year–operating grant of $25 million. The NCE Program is a program of the Government of Canada jointly administered by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) in partnership with Industry Canada (To learn about BFN’s government policy advocacy role, please consult the same topic under BFN Services).
Policy is one of the most important tools to develop a successful and thriving biofuels sector. Canada’s federal and provincial governments have embraced policy tools including production incentives and mandated renewable fuel contents, and this has played a significant role in creating biodiesel and ethanol production capacity across the country. The current blending mandates include 5% ethanol in gasoline (E5) and 2% biodiesel in diesel fuel and heating distillate oil (B2).
As advanced biofuel technologies reach maturity, it is important to examine a range of policy tools – including additional mandates, production or consumer incentives, or carbon pricing – and to assess their potential to support the expansion and growth of Canada’s biofuel sector.
This is why BFN actively promotes the development of a strong advanced biofuels industry in Canada by providing support to policy, regulatory, and science & technology initiatives. In order to strengthen interactions and relationships with government, BFN is positioning itself as an essential participant in biofuel discussions with all levels of government, including local, provincial, federal and international contexts.
BFN’s Social, Economic and Environmental Sustainability (SEES) theme actively conducts research in areas related to social challenges, in particular emissions and climate change, with keen awareness of legal and ethical considerations. This group regularly interacts with and provides data to BFN’s government liaison who represents BFN in government working groups and steering committees, as well as many other formal and informal interactions with policy makers.
BFN representation on government working groups and committees:
- Chair of the Regulatory Working Group of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s (AAFC) Growing Forward 2
- Steering Committee of the Canadian Forest Service (CFS) Interdepartmental Working Group on the Bioeconomy
- Steering Committee of Transport Canada’s Clean Transportation Initiative
BFN’s Policy Task Force is responsible for identifying policy approaches that might be of interest to Canadian governments, and for interfacing with government groups through public hearings, policy briefs, etc. in order to advise on the most effective and cost-efficient approaches to creating a positive policy environment for advanced Canadian biofuels. Participants include the Canadian Renewable Fuels Association, the investment community, and stakeholders from government.
Number of BFN projects with government partnerships:
- 24 Federal
- 24 Provincial
- 2 Foreign
Specific BFN funded projects have been also supported by both cash and in-kind contributions from various federal and provincial government agencies and institutes (see list below).
Centre Collégial de Transfer Technologique de Trois-Rivières (Qc)/CIPC
Centre for Forestry & Innovation, Provincial Department of Natural Resources
Saskatchewan Innovation Council