More than half of Europe’s oil refineries are ready to process ultra-high carbon tar sands, one of the most environmentally devastating fuels in production, according to a comprehensive new study. Some 71 out of Europe’s 95 refineries are now capable of processing heavy and/or pre-processed crude from tar sands, and have been mapped for the first time by T&E and Friends of the Earth Europe.
Extracting and refining tar sands produces three to four times more global warming emissions than conventional crude. The map demonstrates the need to step up efforts to keep tar sands out of Europe, in order to keep global warming below 2°C. Check out the map to see if tar sands could be coming to a refinery near you.