Launching renewable diesel in Canada

While they’re made from the same source materials – vegetable oils and animal fats – don’t confuse the biodiesel currently in use with next-generation renewable diesel.

Renewable diesel is an ultra-low carbon fuel that can directly replace conventional diesel and is compatible with all existing diesel engines without the need for modifications. It will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30 per cent or more without sacrificing power or fuel economy.

We’re launching CO-OP® HCR Diesel in 2019, the first time renewable diesel will be commercially available in Canada. The high-cetane renewable (HCR) diesel will be competitively priced – as part of an agreement with the British Columbia government under its Renewable and Low-Carbon Fuel Requirements Regulation – and available at two locations – Vanderhoof and Quesnel – in northern British Columbia.

Working with local co-ops, we’re planning to upgrade five more locations with Co-op HCR Diesel by the end of 2021.

Expanding E-85 accessibility

Regular gasoline contains up to 10 per cent ethanol. However, Flex Fuel Vehicles can use fuels containing much higher percentages of ethanol – up to 85 per cent. This fuel produces fewer emissions while maintaining performance. The finished product has an octane rating exceeding that of premium gasoline. We launched CO-OP® FLEX E-85 GASOLINE™ at Mid-Island Co-op in 2019, with plans to offer the fuel at three more locations by the end of 2021.

Renewable diesel vs. biodiesel

Renewable diesel and biodiesel may seem similar, but are actually two different products. The following chart provides a brief overview of these differences.

Renewable Diesel
  Biodiesel
No changes to vehicle fuel system of fuel station equipment
  Requires modifications to vehicle fuel systems and fuel station equipment if blended above 5%
Diesel substitute (100%) or blended in any amount
  Highest recommended blending level is 5%
Stable in long-term storage
  Less stable in long-term storage
Won’t absorb significant amounts of water
  Retains more water than traditional or renewable diesel
No fuel filter blocking
  Increased potential for fuel filter blocking