Canadian Oil Sands GHG 9% Higher Than U.S. Crude

January 2013, Vol. 240 No. 1

The IHS Canadian Oil Sands Dialogue has updated its 2010 report comparing greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from fuels made from Canadian oil sands to those from other crude sources.

The update found that total emissions from refined products that are wholly derived from oil sands are 4-18% higher than the average crude oil processed in the U.S.

This level places oil sands on par with other sources of U.S. crude, including crudes from Venezuela, Nigeria, Iraq and California heavy oil production. When the oil sands products refined in the U.S. are considered, the GHG emissions are, on average, 9% higher than the average crude processed in the U.S.

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