Biodiesel Page Content As Canada and more markets around the world choose biodiesel, the Canadian canola industry has a big opportunity to meet demand. Canola is a high-quality domestically sourced, sustainable biodiesel feedstock that can play a key role in reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in transportation fuel. CCGA’s policy development efforts in biodiesel currently focus on the following:Canola Biodiesel Working GroupCCGA, Canola Council of Canada, ACPC, SaskCanola and MCGA formed the Canola Biodiesel Working Group in 2013. The two goals of the Working Group are to: Support and defend the existing mandates across the western provinces and, as may be needed, in Ontario and QuebecIncrease renewable diesel mandates in Canada over time to ensure a higher tonnage and a secure domestic market for canola Why support mandates?A mandate is a practical way for governments to capture the extremely positive environmental, health and economic aspects of renewable fuels. Setting a mandate provides a signal to the market to mobilize private investment. A mandate, with defined carbon reduction requirements, provides environmental benefits as a public policy tool of government, while creating a level of certainty in demand for the marketplace. Want to know more? The Canola Biodiesel Working Group policy platform (May 2014)Canadian Biodiesel MandateIn 2011, the government mandated the use of 2% biodiesel in most Canadian diesel and heating fuel. This creates many benefits for Canadians, including to the environment and rural economies. The 2% mandate also creates new demand for canola, requiring that 600 million litres of biodiesel be blended with diesel fuel, which translates to 1 million tonnes of canola demand.However, in 2013, amendments to the Renewable Fuels Regulation were proposed that would a) exempt biodiesel from a mandatory 2% inclusion rate in heating oil, and b) extend an exemption from the 2% inclusion rate to the Maritimes. CCGA opposed these amendments.Ontario Provincial Biodiesel MandateOntario implemented “Greener Diesel”, a renewable diesel mandate in April 2014. CCGA provided input into the consultation with this submission.