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WTO implications of reporting measures for tar sands under the Fuel Quality Directive

To measure progress toward the FQD GHG emissions reduction target, the European Commission is designing reporting measures which will outline default values for the lifecycle GHG emissions of transport fuels derived from different sources, including fuels produced from unconventional feedstocks such as tar sands. Several questions have arisen whether the reporting measures and the inclusion of a default value for tar sands comply with World Trade Organization (WTO) rules and jurisprudence, namely the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) and case law.

Published on April 23, 2012 - 17:46

Carburants à faible intensité carbone: coûts administratifs modestes, bénéfices significatifs

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Ce document présente un résumé du rapport réalisé par CE Delft en mars 2012, analysant les coûts supplémentaires que les mesures de mise en oeuvre de la Directive FQD généreraient pour l'industrie pétrolière et pour toute la chaîne d'approvisionnement.

Published on April 19, 2012 - 12:21

Report on the administrative burden of the Fuel Quality Directive

This report investigates into the extra cost that the implementing measures of the Fuel Quality Directive - if they are adopted according to the proposal of the European Commission - will imply for the oil industry and for the whole supply chain. It finds out that - for a typical 50-litre fuel fill-up - the added cost for consumer would be of half a Eurocent.

Published on April 19, 2012 - 00:00

Study debunks oil industry claim that new fuel law would kill refineries

The oil industry’s claim that a new EU law designed to cut emissions from petrol and diesel production would impose a ‘disproportionate administrative burden’ has been debunked by a new report (1). A study carried out by three consultancies (CE Delft, Carbon Matters and Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands) found that the administrative and reporting costs of new implementing rules for the EU’s Fuel Quality Directive would costs drivers less than half a cent on an average fill-up, or around 1 cent on a barrel of crude oil. Transport & Environment is calling for EU Member States to press ahead with approving the new rules without further delay.
Published on April 19, 2012 - 00:00

Opposition that risks having no clean future for liquid transport fuels

Opinion by Jos Dings - T&E director

People who follow our work – and Europe’s environmental policy – a little bit will have noticed that two fuels-related draft laws keep dragging on without any apparent progress. The first one is what to do about indirect land use change effects of biofuels (key words: Iluc, biodiesel). The second is whether or not to give petrol and diesel from unconventional fossil sources a higher lifecycle greenhouse gas default value (key words: fuel quality directive, tar sands).

Published on April 17, 2012 - 14:49