The European Commission released a proposal requiring energy suppliers to reduce the carbon intensity of their fuels by 6 percent by 2020 as well as disclose those products’ greenhouse gas emissions.
That falls short of a previous plan that would have labeled fuels from oil sands processed in Canada and elsewhere as “dirty.”
“It is no secret that our initial proposal could not go through due to resistance faced in some member states,” said Connie Hedegaard, EU climate action commissioner.
The new proposal still gives EU members an incentive to choose less polluting fuels, added Hedegaard.
The new proposal must be voted on in the European Parliament before it becomes law.
The proposal’s release coincided with the first shipment of Western Canadian heavy crude to Europe.
On the same day, an audit by Canada’s environment commissioner, Julie Gelfand, revealed Canada will almost certainly not meet its international greenhouse gas emissions target by 2020.
(Source: Take Part)