Meeting Europe’s Requirements

Watch a recording of our webinar on EU certification, recorded August 22, 2019.

Europe’s biofuel industry is a significant export opportunity for Canada’s canola industry. It’s important to meet the EU’s market access requirements, which are outlined in the Renewable Energy Directive (RED).

RED requirements

  • Criteria must be met by the entire value chain, from growers to the biofuel processors.
  • A certificate of sustainability must be attached to all canola exported for the RED market.
  • All growers who choose to supply canola for this market must be certified.

The Canadian canola industry uses two international sustainability certification schemes, the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC) and the Biomass Biofuel, Sustainability Voluntary Scheme (2BSvs), for its certification.

How certification works

Assessments are conducted of the entire supply chain, including growers, crushing facilities, primary elevators, export terminals and the supply chain in Europe. ISCC and 2BSvs train and approve the independent assessors.

All growers participating in this export opportunity must be “assessment ready” – but only a small random sample of growers will actually be assessed each year.

If you are one of the growers selected for an on-farm assessment, it’s very important that you pass. If you don’t pass the assessment, you’ll have 40 days to rectify the deficiency. If you don’t rectify the deficiency, you will be disqualified from further participation in this export opportunity.

Getting assessment ready

  1. Step 1

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    Determine Your Eligibility

    Use the Assessment-Ready Checklist to ensure you qualify and have the required documentation for certification.

  2. Step 2

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    Contact Your Local Grain Handler

    They’ll provide you with a short questionnaire (paper or online) to ensure you meet the sustainability certification requirements.

  3. Step 3

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    Get Certified

    Return your completed questionnaire to your grain handler. A small, random sample of growers will be assessed as part of the certification process.

  4. Step 4

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    Expand Your Market Access

    Congratulations — you have greater access to exclusive market opportunities like the Europe biofuel industry.

The following grain handlers are signing up growers for export to the European biodiesel market: