22 February 2016

In January, the Canadian company TransCanada announced its plan to sue the US government for more than US$15 billion under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) – following the Obama Administration's rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline: one of the most notorious and reviled proposed fossil fuel projects worldwide.

3 December 2015

Europe must close its doors to tar sands if it is to avoid climate catastrophe, according to this joint European and Canadian report. Due to failed attempts by the European Union to discourage the use of tar sands with its Fuel Quality Directive, tar sands continue to arrive in Europe, with almost three quarters of Europe's oil refineries tar-sands-ready. Plans must be put in motion now to transition to 100% fossil-fuel-free in order to keep global warming below 2°C.

25 November 2015

Two thirds of Europe's oil refineries are ready to process ultra-high carbon tar sands, one of the most environmentally devastating fuels in production, according to this report on Europe's refining industry. Seventy-one out of Europe's 95 refineries are now capable of processing heavy and/or pre-processed crude from tar sands, and have been mapped for the first time by Friends of the Earth Europe and Transport & Environment.

17 July 2014

This briefing demonstrates how corporate lobby groups are using trade threats, and particularly the EU-US trade talks as a vehicle to attack, weaken and delay important environmental regulation still in the making. The Fuel Quality Directive has already being delayed and potentially weakened threatening EU climate policies and an influx of tar sands to Europe.

28 January 2013

Canadian government ministers have been actively lobbying the governments of 11 EU member states, European Parliament and Commission to weaken one of the EU’s headline pieces of climate legislation, the Fuel Quality Directive. Friends of the Earth Europe has revealed the details of this lobbying in this lobby diary. This is an unprecedented lobby effort to open up the European market to oil from its devastating tar sands. Gordon Campbell, the Canadian High Commissioner to the UK, went so far as to describe tar sands as “a totemic issue, hitting directly on Brand Canada”.

5 January 2013

This briefing outlines the rapidly changing oil market, which is leading to increasing imports of heavy crude oil - and potentially tar sands - to Europe.

1 November 2011

This short briefing gives an overview of three investments in unconventional oil in Africa currently in prospect in the context of debates about the need to mitigate global environmental threats and ensure sustainable development.

1 August 2011

This detailed ‘diary’ compiled shows the extent of Canadian efforts to block EU plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels. Between 2009 and 2011 the government of Canada engaged in an unprecedented lobby effort to open up the European market to oil from its devastating tar sands.

1 May 2011

With conventional oil production in decline, the global oil industry is investing heavily in dirtier and riskier forms of unconventional oil such as heavy crude, tar sands, and oil shale. These investments pose a challenge to the climate, the environment, and local communities. This paper is a document that describes the drivers behind marginal oil investments and gives an overview of existing and potential projects across the globe. It contains important analysis that should be public knowledge and will productively feed the ongoing debate, from Cancun to Durban to Rio and beyond.

1 March 2011

This fact sheet explains how much the global development of tar sands will magnify the climate crisis and damage the environment and development objectives.

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