Canola growers urged to sign up for sustainability

Richard SimonaitisCountryman

The European Union, one of Australia's major canola markets, has strict sustainability requirements for all biomass being used in the production of biofuels, including canola.

EU has approved a number of schemes that, when complied with, grant access for a marketer to sell sustainable canola into the market.

CBH is accredited under the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification scheme for WA. This scheme is the most highly regarded by our European customers and has scope to grow as the market matures.

Growers delivering canola in WA and selling to CBH need to complete an ISCC self declaration form each season to participate in the scheme and receive the sustainability premium. We encourage all growers to sign the declaration now, so it does not hold you up when you later contract your grain with CBH.

To make self declaration easier, CBH developed an online form.

To fill out the form, log on to LoadNet, click on the CBH marketing tab and follow the prompts.

Growers may be audited by certification bodies or ISCC to verify compliance with requirements.

Grower involvement in the ISCC scheme ensures that CBH can export WA canola to Europe.

Richard Simonaitis is head of accumulations at CBH Group

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