EU Canola Certification
In 2010 the EU parliament issued a directive to member states, requiring them to ensure that any feedstock for bioenergy generated as part of a country or EU specific mandate had to meet specific sustainability requirements. This directive was developed to ensure that any bioenergy created in the EU did not result in adverse consequences elsewhere in the world. The directive has has three broad requirements:
- That any bioenergy generated has a minimum 35% saving of greenhouse gas over the conventional energy source (NB: This will lift to 50% minimum saving from January 1, 2018);
- That no areas of high biodiversity have been impacted in the sourcing of the biofuel feedstock;
- That no areas with high carbon stocks have been impacted in the sourcing of the biofuel feedstock.
The implication of this Directive for the Australian oilseed industry is that any oilseed exported to the EU for use as a feedstock for bio-energy must be accompanied with appropriate documentation certifying that the canola was grown, stored and shipped in a manner that complies with the specifics of the Directive.