Canada's Clean Fuel Regulations Are Live
July 23, 2023
Canada’s Clean Fuel Regulations (CFR, or the Regulations) went into full effect on 1 July, 2023. The CFR are a nationwide program aimed at reducing the carbon intensity (CI) of transportation fuels by 15% below 2016 levels by 2030. The CFR are a major step towards a cleaner transportation future for Canada and pave the way for clean energy producers to earn credits and generate additional revenue.
This article explains how Canada’s Clean Fuel Regulations will cut the nation’s transportation fuel emissions by expanding revenue opportunities for owners of electric vehicle charging stations, and how credit generators can begin earning CFR compliance credits today.
Understanding Canada’s Clean Fuel Regulations
The CFR, now live as of 1 July, require suppliers of fossil fuels to steadily decrease the carbon intensity of their fuels on an annual basis by improving fuel efficiency, blending low-carbon fuels, or using carbon capture and storage technology. The CFR also include a credit trading system that allows suppliers of electric fuel to earn credits for reducing their fuel emissions. These credits can then be used to offset their compliance obligations or be sold to other suppliers. Eligible credit generators include:
- Site hosts with private and commercial electric vehicle charging stations
- Owners of public electric vehicle charging stations
- Distribution utilities that support home-charging electric vehicle stations
Under the CFR, owners of electric vehicle charging stations can earn revenue just by using their charging stations, encouraging the adoption of clean fueling stations nationwide.
Generating Credits Under Canada’s CFR
Owners of electric vehicle charging stations can earn credits for any electric vehicle fueled by your charging stations. The amount of credits that a charging network operator can earn depends on the number of EV charging stations they operate and the amount of fuel displaced by electric charging. The credits earned by your charging stations can then be sold to fuel producers required to offset their carbon emissions, enabling fleet owners and owners of EV charging stations to earn additional revenue. Owners of EV charging stations located in British Columbia can stack their credit generation by enrolling in both the CFR and British Columbia’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard.
Read more about the British Columbia LCFS: A Complete Guide to British Columbia’s LCFS
Owners of EV charging stations can maximize their earnings by partnering with third-party credit aggregators like Smart Charging Technologies. SCT aggregates credits and sells them in bulk to regulated fuel suppliers, helping owners of EV charging stations earn the highest price for their compliance credits and taking the hassle out of the compliance credit market. With Canada’s CFR now live, owners of EV charging stations can begin earning credits from their reduced fuel emissions today.
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