U.S. canola industry pushes for renewable fuel credits

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The U.S. Canola Association (USCA) has written a letter to U.S. President Donald Trump asking that he encourage the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to establish “pathways for renewable diesel derived from canola oil to generate Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs) as ‘advanced biofuel’ under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program.”

The letter, dated September 30, 2020, is co-signed by fourteen companies or organizations, including the Canola Council of Canada, the Canadian Oilseed Processors Association, Bunge, ADM, Richardson’s, and Viterra.

Just prior to the COVID-19 economic shutdown, the USCA submitted a petition to the EPA to establish these pathways, citing growing demand for low sulphur diesel and lower carbon fuels. The EPA has not yet responded to the request.

Canola oil is a desirable renewable fuel option, as it can be added to fuel used in existing vehicles without changing vehicles or infrastructure. It’s also a rotation option for many U.S. farmers, the USCA says, and could help with farm incomes, if the crop was approved to generate RINs.

If approved, the change would create significantly more demand for canola in North America.

Hear Shaun Haney discuss the initiative with Tom Hance of the US Canola Association. 

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