We have the knowledge and the fact that oil sands are more CO2-polluting than other kinds of fuel.
Connie Hedegaard, EU Climate Chief
“Canada’s plans for tar sands will put the world on track for 6 degrees of warming, way past the globally accepted limit of 2 degrees,” said Franziska Achterberg of Greenpeace.
"Six degrees would be game over."
The proposed ranking assigns oil sands crude a default greenhouse gas value of 107 grams of carbon per megajoule, compared with 87.5 grams for conventional oil.
Two of the other unconventional fuel sources have higher values than oil sands. They are oil shale at 131.3, found in EU-member Estonia, and coal-to-liquid at 172.