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Manitoba Canola Growers Welcomes Biodiesel Requirement Increase

Manitoba Canola Growers Association (MCGA) is pleased with the Manitoba Government’s announcement in late December approving a phased-in increase to the biodiesel requirement.
 
Effective Jan. 1, 2021 the mandate increased to 3.5 per cent from two per cent, and it will rise again to five per cent on Jan. 1, 2022.
 
MCGA says this policy change is an effective way to reduce emissions from transportation fuel while diversifying markets for canola and increasing economic opportunities and demand right here at home.
 
“Increasing the demand for biodiesel in Manitoba is a target our board has been working on for the better part of a decade,” says Delaney Ross Burtnack, MCGA Executive Director. “We have long recognized that this represents opportunity for canola farmers and Manitoba’s economy through the expansion of a stable, domestic market, while meeting emission reduction goals.”
 
MCGA says this policy sends a strong market signal for more domestic canola processing and investment in renewable fuel production here in Manitoba.
 
“Canola is an excellent feedstock for biodiesel,” added Ross Burtnack. "We anticipate that this change will generate more opportunity for investment in this sector. Continuing Manitoba’s clean fuel leadership is a step in the right direction for our environment, our economy and our farmers.”
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