Syncrude loses court fight against rules on renewable diesel

Federal Court of Appeal upholds requirement at least 2% of diesel fuel comes from renewable sources.

June 6, 2016   by CP STAFF

OTTAWA — Syncrude has lost its court battle against federal rules requiring all diesel used in Canada to have at least some renewable content.

The Federal Court of Appeal has upheld regulations brought in five years ago that require at least 2% of diesel fuel to be from renewable sources such as ethanol.

Syncrude, which produces millions of litres of diesel for its oilsands operations, had argued against the rules.

It said they interfere with provincial jurisdiction over natural resources and are a misuse of federal powers.


The court said fighting climate change is a legitimate federal objective.