European Commission approves Canadian canola for new biodiesel standard

WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Dec 19 (Reuters) – The European Commission has approved Canadian canola for use in producing biodiesel in the European Union under its tougher environmental standard, the Canadian government said on Tuesday.

The EU currently requires feedstocks used to produce biodiesel to emit 35 percent less greenhouse gases over their life cycle than fossil fuels, to count against a 2020 target for energy consumption from renewable sources in member countries.

The standard will rise to 50 percent less emissions on Jan. 1.

The commission published a decision on Tuesday confirming that Canadian canola meets the new standard, said Patrick Girard, spokesman for the Canadian agriculture department.

Canada exported C$325 million worth of canola seed to the European Union in 2016, mainly to produce biodiesel, Girard said.

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