What Are Renewable Fuels?

Renewable fuels (or biofuels) are produced from a wide variety of renewable sources, including, but not limited to:

  • Wood waste/sawdust
  • Sugar cane bagasse and other agricultural wastes
  • Livestock manure
  • Sorted municipal solid waste (MSW)
  • Biosolids
  • End-of-life plastics

Renewable fuels represent sustainability and significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. Their production is currently mandated by the Canadian and US Governments due to environmental and energy independence goals.



Biofuel is derived from chemical reactions with carbon, which is abundant in wood waste, agricultural residues such as sugar cane fibre, municipal waste and many other sources. Drop-in fuels, a specific type of biofuel, are one of the most straightforward renewable fuels to adopt for transportation: it is used simply as a diesel or gasoline substitute.