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Subject:

Federal renewable fuel policy a boost for Canadian biodiesel industry

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"Dr. Ann C. Wilkie" <[log in to unmask]>

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Dr. Ann C. Wilkie

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Wed, 20 Dec 2006 12:00:03 -0500

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"The announcement calls for a five percent renewable fuel standard in
all Canadian fuel, including a two percent 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."

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Dr. Ann C. Wilkie                          Tel: (352)392-8699
Soil and Water Science Department          Fax: (352)392-7008
University of Florida-IFAS
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Gainesville, FL 32611-0960
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  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Federal renewable fuel policy a boost for Canadian biodiesel industry   SASKATOON, December 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 percent renewable fuel standard in all Canadian fuel, including a two percent 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 percent 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 are 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 percent biodiesel requirement by 2010 - two years ahead of the 2012 timeline. Our longer term objective is to achieve a minimum of 5 percent 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 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.   - 30 -   Interviews available with Canola Council representatives, canola growers, and biodiesel researchers, producers, and users. For more information, contact: Paul Welsh (604-761-5349), Diane Wreford (204-982-2108), Stephen Burega (416- 979-1120 ext.305).   backgrounder     Biodiesel   * Biodiesel is a cleaner-burning fuel made from natural, renewable resources such as vegetable oil. Where ethanol is an alternative for gasoline, biodiesel is an alternative for diesel fuel.   * Biodiesel can be used in any regular diesel engine with little or no modification. It is a 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.   * Biodiesel can be used in its pure form (B100) or mixed with petroleum diesel. B5 indicates a blend of five per cent biodiesel with 95 per cent petroleum diesel.   * Using biodiesel cuts exhaust emissions, including black smoke, odour, greenhouse gasses, air toxins and particulates. Pure biodiesel is non-toxic and completely biodegradable.   * Biodiesel emissions show decreased levels of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) and nitrated PAH compounds which have been identified as potential cancer causing compounds. Its emissions contain virtually no sulphur oxides or sulphates, major components of acid rain.   * Biodiesel production and use reduces CO2 emissions by up to 110 per cent compared to petroleum diesel.     Canola biodiesel   * Canola's unique characteristics make it an ideal feedstock for biodiesel.   o Canola's high oil content means more oil available per unit of seed, with less by-product.   o Canola is low in saturated fat, which is linked to improved cold weather performance for biodiesel.   * Canadian canola is currently exported for the creation of biodiesel in other countries. The EU is forecasted to import between 100,000 and 120,000 tonnes of Canadian canola oil in 2006 for use in their biodiesel production facilities. Several hundred thousand tonnes of canola seed are exported to destinations such as the UAE, Turkey and Pakistan for processing into oil to produce biodiesel. .more           Canola biodiesel - a growing part of the Canadian economy   * Canola currently contributes more than $11 billion in economic activity to the Canadian economy.   * A canola-based biodiesel industry would drive economic growth in Western Canada, including jobs on the prairies in agriculture, research and fuel production.   * A 2006 study found that every $100 million of additional demand for canola generates an additional $83 million in Canadian Gross Domestic Product and more than 730 direct jobs in value-added industries including crushing, processing and food production. (source: M Goodwin Consulting Ltd, "Canola Socio-Economic Value Report," 2006)     Market demand for biodiesel   * Biodiesel has been produced and used successfully in Europe, Asia and the United States over the last decade. In Germany alone, there are more than 1,900 biodiesel fuelling stations.   * More than 20 major fleets in Canada and 500 major fleets in the U.S. use biodiesel blends.   * In 2004, 3.5 million litres of biodiesel was used in Canada.                                      * A minimum of 2 per cent renewable content in diesel fuels in Canada will create the need for 600 million litres of biodiesel.   * The industry would require 1.3 billion litres of biodiesel under a 5 per cent requirement which would create market demand for 2.3 million tonnes of canola (assuming a 70 per cent market penetration).   About the Canola Council   * The Canola Council of Canada is a non-profit association representing the entire canola industry - growers, input suppliers, researchers, crushers, processors, exporters and marketers.   * The Council's Mission is to enhance the Canadian canola industry's ability to profitably produce and supply seed, oil and meal products that offer superior value to customers around the world.     For more information, visit https://www.canola-council.org/biodiesel or contact: Paul Welsh (604-761-5349), Diane Wreford (204-982-2108), Stephen Burega (416-979-1120 ext.305).    

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