Canola Biodiesel: Making a Difference in Canada

Taking Advantage of Canola's Potential to Meet Canada's GHG Emissions Reduction Goals

Canada faces an emissions challenge. The government has announced the development of a Clean Fuel Standard (CFS) with a clear objective to reduce GHG emissions by 30 mega-tonnes, contributing to Canada’s commitment to reduce emissions by 30% by 2030 from 2005 levels.

Renewable fuel standards that reward low-carbon biofuels are integral to helping Canada achieve its emissions reduction targets and transition to a low-carbon economy.

In Canada, approximately 24% of total GHG emissions come from the transportation sector.[7] Canola biodiesel and renewable biodiesel are cleaner-burning alternatives for diesel fuel that can be blended for use in 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.

Consumers and governments around the world are increasingly turning to biofuels as a cleaner, sustainable fuel source that can help reduce GHG emissions from transportation fuel where other alternatives are still in development, longer term and untested.

Canola biodiesel reductions

Expanding the current renewable fuel standard (RFS) for diesel from 2% to 5% will reduce emissions by 4.8 mega-tonnes per year when met by canola biodiesel.[7]

That's 16% of the annual CFS reduction objective annually for all sectors combined.

Fuelling our Economy

Canadian canola contributes $26.7B to our economy, including more than 250,000 jobs and $11.2B in wages.[8]

By creating a reliable domestic market for canola-based biofuels in Canada, we can further support farm profitability and all Canadian jobs linked to canola, spurring important economic activity across the country, particularly in rural communities.

Substituting 5% of the diesel we use today with domestically produced canola-based biodiesel could generate more than $1.6B per year in direct farm income.[9]

[6] Environment and Climate Change Canada. 2017. Canadian Environmental Sustainability Indicators: Greenhouse Gas Emissions. 8-9.

[7] According to calculations using GHGenius v4.03, assuming a 5% RFS for diesel that is fulfilled entirely by canola biodiesel

[8] LMC International. 2016. The Economic Impact of Canola on the Canadian Economy. 2,8-9.

[9] Based on average price of canola seed for 2016. 534.35 CDN. $/Tonne X 3.2 M tonnes of canola per year = $1.7 B income.

CCGA - 43k farmers

CCGA - reduce gas emissions

CCGA - new markets

CCGA - 11 biodiesel plants

CCGA - 90 percent export

CCGA - 1.8 million tonnes