The new clean fuel standard to reduce our emissions will take effect in 3 years. This mandate means that refiners, marketers of fuel, natural gas distributors and large industrial users will be required to reduce their emissions by 10% to 15%.
“They could do that by expanding use of electricity and natural gas in home-heating and industrial processes, and electricity, biofuels, natural gas and hydrogen in transportation.” 1
All of these suggested alternatives contain environmental or economic issues. Electricity’s emissions are based on a region’s power generation make-up; coal-heavy regions such as Alberta cannot realistically use electricity to lower emissions. Biofuels lack economics without substantial government subsidy. Natural gas and hydrogen in transportation can require significant changes to engine technology and infrastructure.
Is there a better alternative? Yes - by increasing the production of low carbon intensity synthetic fuels such as SynDiesel® and SynJet™. SynDiesel® and SynJet™ are complementary to existing petroleum products and are considered a drop-in fuel that can be railed, trucked or pipelined to any traditional blender or refinery location. They can be used as straight run fuels or blendstock, therefore, no changes are required to existing infrastructure.2
SynStream Energy Corp is currently engaged in Gas-to-Liquids (GTL) and Biomass-to- Liquids (BTL) development, as well as the acquisition, exploration, development and production of petroleum and natural gas reserves in Western Canada.
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