ADM introduces Sustainable Grower Program for Canadian canola

By Erin Voegele | March 20, 2012

Archer Daniels Midland Co. Agri-Industries Lloydminster oilseeds processing facility recently announced the introduction of its Sustainable Grower Program in connection with the sustainability certification it has earned from the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification system. According to information released by ADM, the Lloydminster, Alberta-based facility is ADM Agri-Industries’ first certified sustainable location in North America.

In order to comply with European export market requirements, the entire supply chain related to biodiesel feedstock production must meet the European standard for sustainability. According to ADM, its Sustainable Grower Program aims to help growers become certified sustainable, which will help them realize global opportunities for their canola crops.

“The European demand for renewable energy is expected to grow significantly by 2020,” said JP Montalvo, manager of ADM Agri-Industries Lloydminster. “With our recent ISCC certification, ADM Agri-Industries Lloydminster is positioned to provide high-value canola exports from Western Canada to help meet Europe’s need for certified sustainable biodiesel feedstock—a new way to connect growers in Western Canada with expanded global markets…We created the Sustainable Grower Program to help make it easier for growers in Western Canada to become certified sustainable and connect to higher-value global markets. Having our entire supply chain meet export requirements is important for the Canadian canola industry to remain competitive with other countries and other oilseeds. By working together, we are all maximizing the value of ‘Made in Canada’ canola.”

The ISCC was established to help guarantee that biofuel feedstocks—and the resulting fuels—are in compliance with the EU’s Renewable Energy Directive, which aims to guarantee biofuels used within EU member countries deliver tangible greenhouse gas savings compared to traditional fossil fuels. The RED applies to all biofuels, whether manufactured in the EU or imported from abroad. ADM’s Sustainable Grower Program will help Canadian producers who want to sell fuel into the European market ensure that the canola feedstock they use meets RED requirements.

ADM has also worked to supply sustainable soybean feedstock to the European market. In August 2011, the company announced that it had achieved ISCC requirements to supply sustainably grown soybeans to the European market. At that time ADM noted that it was the first company to provide Europe with ISCC-certified soy.

Information published by ADM states that Canadian farmers who complete the Sustainable Grower Program for canola will be able to immediately deliver certified seeds to the ADM Agri-Industries Lloydminster facility. The program is offered free of charge and includes a kit to help growers organize all the required certification documents.

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