Biodiesel Key to Cleaner Air
News Asthma Society of Canada and the Canadian Renewable Fuels Association join forces to help all Canadians breathe easier.
Our health is directly linked to the air we breathe every day. An estimated 21,000 Canadians die each year from heart and lung diseases brought on by breathing polluted air and asthma accounts for approximately 80 percent of chronic disease cases and most child hospitalizations.
Cleaner fuels mean cleaner air. This is why the Asthma Society of Canada (ASC) and the Canadian Renewable Fuels Association (CRFA) have joined forces to improve air quality and the health of all Canadians.
"Renewable diesel is produced from vegetable oils, animal fats, or waste grease and burns cleaner than petroleum diesel."
Clean, green biodiesel and renewable diesel cut hydrocarbon emissions by more than 95 percent when compared to petroleum diesel. Its use in conventional diesel engines substantially reduces emissions of unburned hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide, sulfates and particulate matter. Renewable diesel also reduces aromatic compounds – which are known carcinogens – by more than 75 percent and emissions of smog-forming particulate and carbon monoxide by 50 percent compared to traditional petroleum diesel.
Canada currently requires 2 percent renewable content in the national distillate pool but the ASC and the CRFA believe that the time has come to facilitate higher level blends. According to Asthma Society President & CEO Robert Oliphant, “any regulation that reduces emissions produced by diesel-powered vehicles is good news for people with asthma, respiratory allergies and other lung illnesses. There is a direct link between asthma exacerbations, hospital admissions, and untimely deaths and dirty fuels. Speeding up the process of blending more renewable biofuel would lead to a healthier Canada”.
Renewable diesel is produced from vegetable oils, animal fats, or waste grease and burns cleaner than petroleum diesel. In addition to making the air cleaner it also reduces greenhouse gases by up to 99 percent when compared to fossil fuels.
CRFA President W. Scott Thurlow says health is an important but sometimes overlooked benefit of biofuels. “The more biofuels we use in our fuel pool, the greater the health benefits will be. Higher inclusion rates for renewable fuel products will make our air cleaner and help our communities breathe easier.
At the same time, expanding renewable diesel use into other sectors, such as public transportation and rail, would help reduce smog and emissions in some of our most congested cities and communities.”