Canola Council of Canada

Canola Council of Canada

December 20, 2006 11:48 ET

Canola Council of Canada: Federal Renewable Fuel Policy a Boost for Canadian Biodiesel Industry

SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN--(CCNMatthews - Dec. 20, 2006) - Today's federal announcement in support of a national renewable fuel strategy is a welcome and critical step forward in the development of a made-in-Canada biodiesel industry, says The Canola Council of Canada.

The announcement calls for a five per cent renewable fuel standard in all Canadian fuel, including a two per cent mandate for renewables in diesel by 2012. Additional support will be provided for farmers to participate in the biodiesel industry, which will create increased market opportunities for Canadian canola growers and boost domestic production of the fuel.

"The two per cent standard and access to funds for farmers to invest in biodiesel production are key steps in getting this industry off the ground," says Barb Isman, president of the Canola Council of Canada. "But without government investments that put Canada on par with the U.S. there is no biodiesel industry in Canada. We need to ensure this piece of the puzzle is in place as soon as possible or the opportunity for Canadian farmers and the economy will be lost. We're hopeful this will happen in the new year."

The Canola Council of Canada is currently working with the Canadian petroleum industry to ensure biodiesel meets performance standards in Canadian conditions. Once the program is complete in 2008, the Council is confident growers and industry will accelerate production of the fuel in Canada.

"The government can then put biodiesel on the same schedule as ethanol," says Isman. "We, along with biodiesel producers and distributors, are confident we can build the necessary infrastructure to meet a two per cent biodiesel requirement by 2010 - two years ahead of the 2012 timeline. Our longer term objective is to achieve a minimum of 5 per cent biodiesel in the fuel supply by 2015."

"Canada's canola growers are ready to make a Canadian biodiesel industry happen," says Brian Chorney, a Manitoba-based canola farmer and Vice-President of the Canadian Canola Growers Association. "Over the past 40 years, we have created an $11 billion-a-year industry for canola in Canada and we already ship canola internationally for biodiesel production. We're committed to using that experience to build a biodiesel industry at home."

Canola is the premium feedstock for biodiesel production in Canada, offering a high oil yield per seed, low levels of saturated fat that benefit cold weather performance and a highly stable oil that results in a cleaner burning fuel.

The Canola Council of Canada is a non-profit association representing the entire canola industry - growers, input suppliers, researchers, crushers, processors, exporters and marketers.

Interviews available with Canola Council representatives, canola growers, and biodiesel researchers, producers, and users.

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