Hydrogenation-derived renewable diesel (HDRD) is starting to make inroads in the fuel sector.
 HDRD can be made with the same plant-based feedstocks as biodiesel, so it has piqued the interest of groups such as the Saskatchewan Canola Development Commission.
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Canola growers see opportunity in biofuel option

Demand is increasing for hydrogenation-derived renewable diesel, but no facilities are producing the fuel in Canada

Most farmers have heard of ethanol and biodiesel, two biofuels that have been godsends for the agriculture industry, but few have heard of another potential saviour. Hydrogenation-derived renewable diesel (HDRD) is starting to make inroads in the fuel sector. HDRD can be made with the same plant-based feedstocks as biodiesel, so it has piqued the […] Read more

Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister has promised to increase the renewable content in diesel fuel to five percent if the Progressive Conservatives are re-elected Sept. 10. | File photo

Increase in biodiesel mandate becomes Man. election promise

Manitoba trucks may soon be burning more biodiesel. Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister has promised to increase the renewable content in diesel fuel to five percent if the Progressive Conservatives are re-elected Sept. 10. Right now, diesel fuel in Manitoba must contain two percent biodiesel. Canola industry associations praised Pallister for the biodiesel commitment, saying canola […] Read more

Canada’s proposed Clean Fuel Standard is considered to be a major way that biodiesel demand could be expanded in Canada.  |  File photo

Biodiesel sector offers to take more canola

The renewable fuel industry says a stronger domestic market would ease challenges caused by export volatility

China’s canola export ban helps make the case for expanding consumption of domestically produced biodiesel and there are plenty of opportunities to do so, says an advocate of the alternative fuel. “The current situation underlines, unfortunately in a rather acute way, the benefits of a domestic biofuel industry that isn’t at risk from trade action,” […] Read more


Canadian canola growers will continue to have unfettered access to the European Union’s biodiesel market.
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EU approves Canadian canola for biodiesel

Renewed carbon footprint approval means country’s canola exporters have unrestricted access to EU’s biodiesel market

Canadian canola growers will continue to have unfettered access to the European Union’s biodiesel market. As of Jan. 1, all EU biodiesel must demonstrate greenhouse gas reductions greater than 50 percent compared to fossil diesel. Until the end of 2017, the threshold had been 37 percent and all canola/rapeseed-based biodiesel received a higher value than […] Read more

Canadian canola oil might see increased demand if American biodiesel makers backfill reduced imports.  |  Reuters photo

New U.S. duties on biodiesel will create void

If the U.S. plans to fill the gap created by slamming the door on Argentina and Indonesia, it may need Canadian canola

A biodiesel dispute involving the United States and other countries could end up boosting demand for Canadian canola oil, depending on how it plays out, says an analyst. The U.S. Commerce Department has issued preliminary countervailing duties against biodiesel from Argentina and Indonesia. Preliminary determinations from the companion antidumping investigation are expected in October. The […] Read more


Biodiesel plant takes new path

An Alberta biodiesel plant has switched focus and is now producing food grade canola oil. Fame Biorefinery has given up on plans to build as many as a dozen six to 10 million litre biodiesel plants in Western Canada. The one million litre pilot plant it built four years ago in Airdrie, Alta., is now […] Read more