Dirty Deals: how trade talks threaten to bring tar sands to Europe

The Fuel Quality Directive aims to reduce the climate impact of fuels used in Europe's road transport by lowering their GHG emissions by 6% by 2020. To achieve this goal, the European Commission proposed to assign different carbon intensity values to all sources of fuels, including high carbon oil (for example oil shale, coal-to-liquid or tar sands). But the oil industry and the Canadian government has waged an extensive lobby campaign to portray the FQD as unfairly discriminating against one specific oil source: tar sands.

The EU and the US are currently negotiating the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) free-trade agreement, which would be the world’s largest. Recently the pressure on the EU to weaken the Fuel Quality Directive has increased notably and with TTIP oil companies and refiners have found a new lobby vehicle to attack the FQD. Find out more in this briefing.