Transition to E10 ethanol blended gasoline

November 23, 2021

Calgary Co-op gas stations will be transitioning to E10 ethanol blended gasoline on December 1, 2021. This change is not our decision, but a response from our fuel supplier, Federated Co-operatives Limited, and the rest of the industry to comply with the Government of Canada’s Clean Fuel Standard regulations. Other Co-op gas stations across the province have already made the switch.

The Clean Fuel Standard is an important part of Canada’s climate plan to reduce emissions, accelerate the use of clean technologies and fuels and create good jobs in a diversified economy.

 The Clean Fuel Standard is a proposed regulation, to be established under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999. The regulatory requirement will be imposed on fossil fuel suppliers.

The regulation will require fossil fuel suppliers to make the fuels they supply cleaner and less polluting overall. In so doing, they will contribute to the reduction of green-house gas emissions, mostly from the transportation sector which accounts for 25 percent of Canada’s total emissions in 2018.

The Clean Fuel Standard builds on current federal and provincial renewable fuel regulations. By moving to regulations that focus on emissions throughout the lifecycle of fuels, the Government of Canada is following similar approaches that already exist in British Columbia, California, Oregon, and other jurisdictions.

 

Frequently Asked Questions:  

Why are you switching to E10 ethanol blended gasoline?

Our fuel supplier has made the switch to E10 ethanol blended gasoline in response to the Government of Canada’s proposed Clean Fuel Standard regulation which requires liquid fuel suppliers (producers and importers) to gradually reduce the carbon intensity of the fuels they produce and sell for use in Canada over time, leading to a decrease of approximately 13% before 2016 levels.

What is the Clean Fuel Standard?

The Clean Fuel Standard is an important part of Canada’s approach to growing a cleaner and more competitive economy. The Clean Fuel Standard is a proposed regulation, to be established under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999. The regulatory requirement will be imposed on fossil fuel suppliers.

The regulation will require fossil fuel suppliers to make the fuels they supply cleaner and less polluting overall. In so doing, they will contribute to the reduction of green house gas emissions, mostly from the transportation sector which accounts for 25 percent of Canada’s total emissions in 2018.

The Clean Fuel Standard builds on current federal and provincial renewable fuel regulations. By moving to regulations that focus on emissions throughout the lifecycle of fuels, the Government of Canada is following similar approaches that already exist in British Columbia, California, Oregon, and other jurisdictions.

The Clean Fuel Standard will promote investments in low carbon fuels and new low carbon technologies in Canada. This will:

- drive innovation and create conditions for jobs across multiple sectors of the economy, including in clean technology and low carbon energy sectors, such as biofuels and hydrogen;

- help diversify energy choices and grow Canada’s clean fuels industry at a time when the global market for clean solutions is rapidly expanding; and

- create opportunities for industries that are producing renewable fuels and promote faster growth of zero-emission vehicles.

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Is ethanol safe for my vehicle?

Yes, most modern gasoline engines can use gasoline that contains up to 10% ethanol. If you are unsure if ethanol blended fuel is compatible with your vehicle, check your owner’s manual or speak to your vehicle manufacturer.

Do I need to modify my engine for use with ethanol blended gasoline? Unlikely, since most modern gasoline engines can use gasoline that contains up to 10% ethanol. Modern vehicles have computer-controlled air/fuel systems, which adjust for ethanol automatically. For older vehicles that use carburetors, a slight adjustment to air/fuel ratios may be necessary.

If I fill up with ethanol blended gasoline, can I switch back to regular gasoline?

Yes.

Will I notice a difference in gas mileage?

Most drivers will not notice any difference. Ethanol blended gasoline contains slightly less energy than conventional gasoline, however it burns more efficiently, which helps compensate for the difference.

Do I still need gas line antifreeze if I use ethanol blended fuel?

No. Ethanol, like all alcohols, absorbs water. This eliminates any condensation inside the engine that could freeze and cause problems.

Does ethanol plug fuel filters?

Ethanol does not plug filters. However, it does act as a solvent, loosening residues such as rust, varnish, and dirt that can accumulate in equipment. These are the materials that can clog your fuel filter, especially during your first fill with an ethanol-blend. If you notice a change in your engine performance after filling up with ethanol blended gasoline, check your fuel filter, as it may need to be replaced.

Can I use ethanol blended gasoline in my lawnmower, snowmobile, and outboard motors?

Most new, small engines are compatible with ethanol blended gasoline. Manufacturers have made their new engines ethanol-friendly due to the increasing availability of ethanol in North America. Consumers are encouraged to consult the equipment’s owner’s manual and/or contact the equipment manual to determine if ethanol blended gasoline can be used.

Can I get gas without ethanol at other Co-op gas stations?

Other Co-op gas stations throughout the province have already made the switch to E10 Ethanol Gasoline.  Premium gasoline at Calgary Co-op stations does not contain ethanol, at this time.

Was this Calgary Co-op’s decision to switch gasoline?

Although this was not our decision to switch gasolines-- it was a response from our supplier to the proposed federal Clean Fuel Standard regulations-- we are here for the planet and dedicated to improving the lives of our community members by reducing air pollution and carbon emissions.

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