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Diesel emissions cause cancer

The World Health Organisation says exposure to exhaust emissions from diesel engines definitely increases the possibility of tumours. The WHO has previously said diesel exhausts were ‘probably’ carcinogenic, but now a WHO body, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, says it is definitely a cause of lung and possibly of bladder tumours.

Getting the facts straight on tar sands

Do the oil industry and Canada's tar sands numbers add up?  T&E's programme manager for clean fuels Nusa Urbancic takes a closer look at a new Canadian-sponsored study, and describes how a T&E report on administrative costs appears to have forced the oil lobby to change its tune.   

European Parliament wants to keep tar sands emission value in the FQD

The European Parliament has overwhelmingly backed today the Resource Efficiency Roadmap, where - among other provisions - MEPs have reiterated the need for legislation which gives tar sands a higher GHG emission value compared with fuels from conventional oil and for correct carbon accounting under the Fuel Quality Directive.

Reducing transport fuel emissions - Implementing the FQD

This briefing gives an overview of reducing transport fuel emissions within the EU's fuel quality directive. In particular it examines the importance of giving high carbon sources such as tar sands and coal-to-liquid higher carbon values.

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Biofuels: dealing with indirect land use change (ILUC)

Two EU laws adopted in 2009 promote the use of biofuels in the EU, ostensibly for the purpose of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the transport sector.  However, both the Renewable Energy Directive (RED) and Fuel Quality Directive (FQD) could lead to higher, not lower greenhouse gas emissions unless the issue of Indirect Land Use Change (ILUC)

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Agrocarburants et le CASI

Deux législations européennes adoptées en 2009 encouragent le développement des agrocarburants avec pour objectif de départ la réduction des émissions de gaz à effet de serre (GES) dans les transports. Mais il s’avère que ces deux directives, l’une sur les énergies renouvelables (RED) et l’autre sur la qualité des carburants (FQD), pourraient conduire à une augmentation et non pas une à diminution des émissions de GES, à moins que le problème du changement d’affectation des sols indirect (CASI) soit résolu.

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