Fast Facts

What is canola biodiesel?

  • A cleaner-burning alternative for diesel fuel
  • Made from canola oil, a natural, renewable resource 
  • Can be used in any regular diesel engine with no modification
  • Viable alternative for on-road vehicles, from municipal fleets to long-haul trucks, as well as off-road equipment used for mining, forestry, construction, agriculture and marine industries
  • Can be used in its pure form (B100) or mixed with petroleum diesel
  • Not the same as ethanol, which is an alternative to gasoline 

Benefits for environment and health

  • Reduces lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions by 90% compared to petroleum diesel
  • Cuts exhaust emissions, including black smoke, odour, greenhouse gases, air toxins and particulates
  • Non-toxic and completely biodegradable
  • Emits less polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) and nitrated PAH compounds (potential cancer causing compounds)
  • Contains virtually no sulphur oxides or sulphates (major components of acid rain)

Why canola is an ideal feedstock for biodiesel

  • More oil per unit of seed, with less by-product
  • Low in saturated fat, which is linked to improved cold weather performance for biodiesel. 
  • Proven in major biodiesel-producing regions like Europe, Asia and the United States

How Canada would benefit from biodiesel production

  • Would drive the growth of jobs, investment and research, particularly in Western Canada
  • Every $100 million of additional demand for canola generates $83 million in Canadian Gross Domestic Product and more than 730 direct jobs in value-added industries 

North American demand for biodiesel

  • Used by more than 20 major fleets in Canada and 500 major fleets in the U.S.
  • 3.5 million litres of biodiesel used in Canada in 2004
  • Canada’s new requirement for 2% renewable content in diesel fuels will increase the need to 600 million litres 
  • A 5% renewable content requirement would push the need to 1.3 billion litres 

How we can help Canada’s biodiesel industry grow

  • Create a reliable domestic market by increasing renewable content requirement
  • Introduce investment incentives for industry
  • Support farmer equity investments
  • Establish quality standards for biodiesel