CERA study says Canadian oil sands boost total GHG emissions 5-15%

Total emissions of greenhouse gases associated with Canadian oil sands exceed those related to average crude oil processed in the US by 5-15%, says a study by IHS Cambridge Energy Research Associates.The comparison covers emissions from production and processing of the raw materials as well as consumption of the oil products.IHS CERA said it based its estimates on an 8-month study that received contributions from 37 “stakeholder organizations”—including Canadian and US government agencies, oil companies, and environmental and community groups.It pointed out that 70-80% of total—or “wells-to-wheels”—emissions result from combustion of oil products ...

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