Biodiesel sales 2014 - Rapeseed oil most important raw material source
The Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Plants (UFOP) is pleased that a rise in rapeseed oil demand of 238,000 tons was thus recorded compared with 2013 (1.16 million tons). The HVO sales decreased considerably by approx. 136,000 tons compared to 2013 (472,000 tons). On the contrary, a clear growth can be observed using waste oils for biodiesel production. This increased from 420,000 tons in 2013 to 517,000 tons in 2014.
As the most important customer for the rapeseed oil produced in Germany, UFOP underlines the particular importance of the biodiesel industry. In view of low vegetable oil prices across the globe, the biodiesel market contributes significantly towards easing pressure on the market and stabilising producer prices for rapeseed. Unfortunately, the low-priced offer does not lead to growing sales in food use worldwide. The energetic use is thus elementary for the profitability of rapeseed cultivation. At the same time, the production of genetically unmodified rapeseed meal for animal feed is linked to the use of biofuel. UFOP underlines its concern that primarily soya cultivation in South America will profit from the expiry of the biofuel policy after 2020 because the dropped out rapeseed meal quantity has to be compensated by more imports. UFOP therefore emphasises the triple benefit of rapeseed as an important crop rotation element, as an oil supplier for energetic use and food use as well as the most significant domestic protein feed source.
UFOP - Union zur Förderung von Oel- und Proteinpflanzen e.V.
The Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Plants e. V. (UFOP) represents the political interests of companies, associations and institutions involved in the production, processing and marketing of domestic oil and protein plants in national and international bodies. UFOP supports research to optimise agricultural production and to develop new recycling opportunities in the food, non-food and feed sectors. UFOP public relations aim to promote the marketing of the end products of domestic oil and protein plants.