30 July 2010 16:34 [Source: ICIS news]
If farmers and dealers were not complying,
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However, despite the significance of the biodiesel market for rapeseed farmers and dealers, so far only very few along the feedstock supply chains had complied, Baumann said.
The new process, which was implemented to ensure that the rapeseed used for biodiesel was produced sustainably, required that farmers made a “self-declaration,” while dealers needed to obtain certification, he said.
“We are calling on farmers and dealers to act immediately, so that producers will be able to supply the market with sustainably produced and certified biodiesel,” he said.
“If they don’t act immediately, they will have missed the boat and won’t be able to sell their production,” he added.
The country's biodiesel firms produced 2.5m tonnes of product last year - well below industry capacity of 4.9m tonnes, and down from 2.8m tonnes produced in 2008, according to the latest data from trade group European Biodiesel Board (EBB).
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