NRDC report on increased tar sands imports to Europe

January 24, 2014

Figures released in the attached study by the US Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) show that if Europe does not act, its imports of tar sands, one of the dirtiest fossil fuels, would likely skyrocket from about 4,000 barrels per day (bpd) in 2012 to over 700,000 bpd in 2020.

The resulting emissions increase in transport would be the equivalent of adding six million cars to Europe’s roads. The 2020 scenario will occur if the EU clean fuel standard, set out in the Fuel Quality Directive, is not comprehensively implemented. The full study by the NRDC, and a shorter briefing document by Transport & Environment, Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth Europe, are available below.

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