Higher value for tar sands fuel is WTO-compliant
The Commission has denied that changes to the EU Fuel Quality Directive will breach World Trade Organisation rules.
In a response to concerns by a German Free Democrat MEP Silvana Koch-Mehrin, who said in an article that the proposed changes would start a trade war with Canada, the climate directorate said the changes were science-based and would not discriminate against a particular state. The directive is expected to put a higher CO2 impact value on fuel made from tar sands compared with conventional fuels to reflect its greater climatic impact, a loading that has angered Canada. Other high-carbon sources, such as coal-to-liquid, would also get higher emission values.