This work was undertaken for the Canola Council of Canada. The mission of the Canola Council is to advance the growth and profitability of the canola industry based on innovation, sustainability, resilience and the creation of superior value for a healthier world.

This work was undertaken to document the unique life cycle attributes of Canadian canola production and conversion to biodiesel. These include:

  1. Low N2O emissions in the primary canola production areas due to the low annual precipitation.
  2. The production on alkaline soils and thus avoiding the need for soil pH adjustment through the addition of lime.
  3. The use of ammonium type fertilizers rather than nitrate fertilizers, with their lower GHG emissions profile.
  4. The energy efficient production methods employed by Canadian producers, including high adoption rates of no till and conservation tillage practices.