This Wednesday the European Union (EU) Parliament will again vote on the proposed EU Fuel Quality Directive (FQD), a modest climate measure to reduce emissions from transport fuel by 6 per cent by 2020.
This is the latest in what has become a long, drawn out, multi-year saga for what should be a straight forward decision.
And it’s entirely Canada’s fault.
Okay, perhaps that’s a slight overstatement.
It’s entirely the fault of multi-million dollar lobbying and public relations campaign on behalf of the Canadian and Albertan governments and industry. The goal is to stop the FQD from assigning specific carbon intensity to tar sands crude. In other words, to stop a tar sands value recognizing it as a particularly carbon polluting crude to produce.
Not only could this be a model for other countries and jurisdictions to follow in discouraging the use of climate polluting fuels like tar sands, it could present a barrier to EU tar sands imports.