Canola Oil Approved by EPA as Feedstock for Renewable Diesel, Jet Fuel, Naphtha, Liquified Petroleum Gas and Heating Oil

The U.S. Canola Association (USCA) has praised the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) decision to classify canola oil-derived renewable diesel and related biofuels as “advanced biofuels” under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program. This determination brings several benefits, including reducing greenhouse gas emissions, providing market parity for canola oil, creating additional markets for canola farmers, and offering diversified feedstock options for renewable fuel producers. The EPA’s estimate suggests that canola oil-based renewable diesel reduces lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions by 67 percent compared to conventional diesel. These newly approved canola oil pathways contribute to lowering emissions in the transportation sector, with renewable diesel being compatible with existing vehicles as a “drop-in” biofuel. The growth of U.S. renewable diesel production is expected to triple by the end of 2023, largely driven by low-carbon fuel policies and benefiting U.S. agriculture. The use of canola as a rotational crop helps enhance sustainability, farm economics, soil health, and more. Overall, the acceptance of canola oil as a feedstock for renewable diesel aligns with sustainable agriculture and bioenergy goals.