EU Canola Information
WHAT IS EU SUSTAINABLE CANOLA?
The EU Renewable Energy Directive (RED) was implemented in 2010 and requires that Australian Canola being sold into the EU biofuel market must be from farms which meet the requirements of the RED. The main theme of the RED is that canola produced for biofuels is only from sustainable land, or to be more specific from land that has been classified as sustainable since 2008.
Land which would not meet the requirements include the following:
• Primary Forest
• Wooded land of native species or a designated protection area
• Continually forested (trees of at least 5 metres and crown cover of 30%)
• Any legal requirements regarding nature/ecosystem protection
WHAT DO GROWERS NEED TO DO?
Review your property for potential non-sustainable areas and declare on the form the size of the protected areas. Ask your local merchant for assistance with this.
Complete and return an Emerald Grain EU Sustainable Canola Declaration to the local merchant, along with a copy of your farm map
The declaration is valid for five years; however any changes to landholding need to be reported as they occur. Let your local merchant know if you purchase or lease additional land.
More information is available on the Emerald website or by contacting your local grain merchant.