Rapeseed needs the biodiesel market
Vogel: Dumping imports are jeopardising European rapeseed cultivation
The UFOP Chairman stressed that the oil percentage of more than 40 % in rapeseed is the most important factor for producer pricing, and recently costs EUR 640 per tonne, which is around EUR 100 per tonne below the previous year's levels. With an average of 6 million tonnes from a total of around 12 million tonnes, rapeseed oil is the most important raw material in the European biodiesel industry. This roughly corresponds to an area of 4 million hectares of a total of around 6.5 million hectares for rapeseed cultivation within the EU's 28 member countries. The decline in the demand for the biodiesel industry is due to the use of oil mills in agricultural trading and ultimately among producers, stressed UFOP’s Chairman.
Vogel considers current political actions as being entirely contradictory. The European Commission and European Parliament want to excessively reduce biofuel production from cultivated biomass as of 2021. A gap in the demand for European rapeseed could only then emerge if palm oil were prohibited in accordance with the EU Parliament's decision. But the EU Commission opposes this decision. On the other hand, both institutions agree on the issue of the so-called indirect land use changes, except for the recognition of iLUC factors. At the same time, a European protein plant strategy is being developed without granting special status to rapeseed as by far the most important European GM-free protein source.
Vogel strongly criticised the fact that the EU Commission as well as the member states are clearly incapable of acting quickly enough to prevent the expected dumping imports of an estimated 3 to 5 million tonnes from Argentina and Indonesia as a result of unfair trading practices. On the other hand, policies are not providing alternative distribution options. Even cereal cultivation has long since reached its absolute economic limit. Surpluses have determined the pricing on a global level. European agriculture cannot live off flower strips alone, stated Vogel.
Only with a more ambitious biofuel policy can markets be stabilised in terms of price efficiency and a measurable contribution can be made to decarbonising fuels and therefore to the transport sector. The dumping measures in Argentina and Indonesia must also be assessed with regard to their “sustainability” and their adverse effects, Vogel claimed. Biodiesel is regarded as a sensitive product throughout the entire production path, like all agricultural products. Dumping exports are creating losers not only in the destination country where goods are being delivered, but also in the agricultural community in the country of origin.
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.
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