Canola growers welcome the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed determination that canola oil-derived renewable diesel and other newer biofuels qualify as advanced biofuels. 

The EPA last week, as part of the announcement of summertime E15 sales this year, proposed using canola oil-derived fuels under the Renewable Fuel Standard. 

The U.S. Canola Association says based on its greenhouse gas lifecycle evaluation described in the proposed rulemaking, the EPA finds that renewable diesel, jet fuel, liquified petroleum gas and heating oil produced from canola oil reduce GHG emissions by at least 50 percent compared to petroleum. 

U.S. Canola Association President Andrew Moore says, “The EPA’s rulemaking would level the playing field between canola and other oilseed crops in the biofuel market.” 

The organization petitioned the EPA in 2020 to approve canola oil as a feedstock for renewable diesel. 

Moore adds, “New canola channels would also help farmers diversify and expand their markets.”

(Story Courtesy of the NAFB News Service)