A citizens' petition signed by over 15,000 people calling on the European Union to keep tar sands out of Europe was presented the European Parliament today.
It was organised by Friends of the Earth Europe, along with a coalition of environmental organisations including the Co-operative, Greenpeace, Transport & Environment and WWF.
Brussels, March 16, 2011 – The EU will today come under renewed pressure to effectively ban the world's most climate polluting transport fuel from Europe. A coalition of environmental organisations has been campaigning for the European Union's Fuel Quality Directive to address the significantly higher greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) resulting from tar sands oil, which would effectively stop the controversial fuel, primarily produced in Alberta, Canada entering Europe.
Brussels, January 17 – European and Canadian civil society groups joined together today outside Canada-EU free trade talks to give a clear warning to the public and negotiators that increasing Europe's involvement in the Canadian tar sands is unacceptable.
Brussels, May 5 – On the day of an EU-Canada summit, a new report  released by Friends of the Earth Europe warns that global development of tar sands  will magnify the climate crisis and damage the EU's environment and development objectives.
Brussels/London, March 29 – A new initiative allowing citizens across Europe to express concerns over oil industry investment in tar sands was launched today amid warnings that the European Commission is set to sabotage its own efforts to limit the climate change impacts of the fossil fuel industry.
London, Brussels, March 1 - A new report launched today reveals that UK bank, Royal Bank of Scotland, has been involved in providing loans worth $7.5 billion in the last three years to companies carrying out highly controversial 'tar sands' mining  in Canada.