Study for Canada questions European move against bitumen

The Canadian government is attacking assumptions driving a European plan to discourage the use of fuels made from bitumen. A study it commissioned criticizes values that the European Commission’s Fuel Quality Directive (FQD) assigns different types of petroleum for their contributions to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. As proposed, the FQD would make fuel suppliers cut GHG intensities of vehicle fuels and off-road gas oil by 6% from a 2010 baseline by 2020. For calculating reductions, it evaluates GHG intensities on the basis of feedstock in three categories: conventional crude oil, oil shale, and natural bitumen. Fuels made from bitumen are assumed to have the highest GHG intensities. Th...

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