Keep Tar Sands Out of Europe

Canada tar sands set to benefit from EU 2030 climate plan

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Canada tar sands set to benefit from EU 2030 climate plan   EU proposal to drop curbs on imported fuels could boost CO2 emissions from transport by 32 megatonnes Alberta’s oil sands at dusk (Pic: Kris Krug) By John McGarrity Oil from Canada’s carbon-intensive tar sands – one of the world’s single biggest sources of greenhouse gas pollution – could be used in the petrol tanks of European motorists from 2020 after the European Commission proposed to scrap curbs on imports of highly emissions-intensive fuels. The EC’s executive arm said…read more

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Commission tries to scrap Fuel Quality Directive despite public opposition

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Cross-posted from the Transport & Environment website. In its draft ‘white paper’ published today, which outlines the proposed 2030 climate and energy package, the European Commission has included a line of text calling for an end, from 2020, of the 6% greenhouse gas reduction target for transport fuels, as part of the Fuel Quality Directive (FQD). The Commission’s text would effectively mean that the EU law to regulate emissions from transport fuels ceases to exist after 2020. Currently, the EU has two targets in place for 2020: one is the…read more

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Letter to Susan Kramer on the Fuel Quality Directive

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On Tuesday, nine organisations who are part of the Keep tar sands out of Europe coalition sent the following letter to the new Minister of State for Transport, Susan Kramer. It urges her to act now to keep tar sands oil out of Europe by supporting the implementation of the Fuel Quality Directive, which would label tar sands and other unconventional fuels as more polluting than conventional oil and discourage their use in Europe. The full text of the letter, and signatories, is below. You can help put pressure on…read more

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Policy update, September 25th

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We are currently waiting for the Commission to release another proposal, due in early October 2013. Since the February 2012 vote, lobbying from the oil industry, the Canadian government, and some EU member states such as the UK, has been focused on putting pressure on the Commission to come up with a weaker proposal that does not distinguish tar sands fuel from conventional fuel. Campaign groups have been working hard to ensure it will still include the label for tar sands as a highly-polluting fuel. If the proposal is delayed…read more

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