About: Fuel quality directive

Agrifood 15-12-2020

German motoring association pushes for increased ethanol in petrol blending

The German motoring association ADAC has proposed doubling the quota of ethanol’s blending with petrol in car engines from 10% to 20% to achieve higher CO2 savings and eventually contribute to the decarbonisation of the transport sector.

EU urged to correct transport decarbonisation ‘anomaly’ to reach climate targets

The EU should scale up the use of sustainable renewable fuels in road transport if Europe’s ambitions for a decarbonised economy are to become a reality by 2050, stakeholders have said.
Energy 08-11-2016

LUKoil vice president: EU taxes are killing the refinery business

LUKoil would be delighted to sell the EU gas, but it cannot, as Gazprom has a monopoly on Russia's gas exports. However, the gas LUKoil discovered on the Romanian shelf will directly supply the EU, Leonid Fedun told EURACTIV.com.
Transport 12-09-2016

EU’s fanciful transport decarbonisation strategy

Europe seeks to stop the increase in transport GHG emissions with the wrong policies, writes Zoltán Szabó.
Transport 09-01-2015

Lessons learned from an eight-year battle for cleaner fuels

The European Commission ignored scientific advice, and crumbled in the face of lobbying by Canada, the US, and oil majors, when it watered down legislation concerning the dirtiest and costliest oil, writes Nusa Urbancic.
Trade & Society 17-12-2014

Canada tar sands will not be labelled ‘dirty’ after all

The European Parliament today (17 December) passed by just 12 votes controversial fuel quality rules that do not penalise imports of polluting tar sands oil from Canada.
Energy 04-12-2014

Activist MEPs put tar sands ‘dirty label’ back on the agenda

EU lawmakers have relaunched a plan to stigmatise Canada's tar sands on Wednesday (3 December), despite years of Ottawa's lobbying the EU bloc as part of its export drive.
Energy 07-10-2014

Commission scraps plan to label tar sands as polluting

The European Commission Tuesday (7 October) proposed scrapping a mandatory requirement to label tar sands oil as highly polluting, after years of industry opposition.
Oil drums. [Sergio Russo/Flickr].
Energy 19-06-2014

FQD – an oily tunnel. But will there be light at the end?

Under the Fuel Quality Directive (FQD), oil companies must reduce the carbon intensity of their transport fuels by 6% by 2020. But heavy lobbying from industry, Canada and the US has led to a weakened Commission proposal. Laura Buffet of Transport & Environment argues that the option for oil companies to report accurate company-specific carbon values for their different oil is crucial for an effective FQD.
tar sands field

EU proposal scraps mandatory ‘dirty’ label for tar sands

A mandatory EU requirement to label oil from tar sands as more polluting than other forms of crude could be scrapped altogether following years of lobbying from top producer Canada, according to a draft European Commission proposal.
Energy 02-06-2014

First tar sands shipment to Europe sparks protests

EXCLUSIVE / Anti-tar sands demonstrations have begun outside a Spanish refinery that will receive the first major European shipment of Canada’s tar sands next week, and activists are refusing to rule out direct action to stop it.
tar sands field
Transport 15-04-2014

The tar sands mystery and the smoking TTIP gun

The EU’s motivation for a proposal to scrap greenhouse gas intensity targets in its flagship Fuel Quality Directive (FQD), which regulates emissions from transport fuels, has been shrouded in mystery since it was first mooted three months ago, but EURACTIV has uncovered new information.
Energy 28-03-2014

Canada, Big Oil and the frequently and quietly delayed Fuel Quality Directive

It’s March 2014, and we still don’t have a functioning Fuel Quality Directive, the only European law to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transport fuel, writes Laura Buffet.
Energy 23-01-2014

European tar sands imports set for steep rise, US study says

A new study by the US Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) today (23 January) warns that imports of tar sands into Europe are likely to skyrocket if the block does not take measures.
Transport 20-01-2014

Strange bedfellows unite to defend Fuel Quality Directive

Environmental pressure groups and biofuels trade associations have joined forces to call on the European Commission to save the Fuel Quality Directive, as rumours grow that it will be terminated by a passage in the 2030 White Paper. 
Energy 27-11-2013

Why are biofuels a key element of Europe’s transport sector?

What will transport vehicles use as an energy source in 2030? Those of you who answered gas, electricity or hydrogen may be on the right track. Yet experts predict that liquid fuels will still be the main energy provider for transport– especially so for sectors such as aviation and road haulage, writes Ausilio Bauen.
Energy 10-10-2013

Europe must avoid tarring and feathering itself

Europe's international standing on climate issues will be tarnished if it gives into pressure from the tar sands lobby to allow unregulated imports of tar sands, argues Nuša Urban?i?.

EU tar sands law would cost oil firms ‘less than a euro cent a litre’

EXCLUSIVE / A stalled internal EU report has found that draft proposals to apply a high-polluting tag to unconventional fuels such as tar sands would have an effect on oil prices too minimal to be felt at filling stations.

German research institute pulls out of Canadian tar sands project

EXCLUSIVE / Germany’s largest and most prestigious research institute has pulled out of a Canadian government-funded CAN$25 million research project into sustainable solutions to tar sands pollution, citing fears for its environmental reputation.
Climate change 18-03-2013

EU must play hardball on tar sands, says Canadian chief

A Canadian indigenous chief is urging the European Union to resist Canada's efforts to soften European legislation that would label tar sands as more polluting than conventional oil, saying the burgeoning energy industry threatens the country's northwest indigenous people.
Energy 20-11-2012

Europe’s biofuels industry slips further behind US

Europe risks losing out to the United States in the growing market for advanced biofuels without better regulation and clear policy signals, say leading members of the industry.
Brexit 26-10-2011

Britain accused of stalling EU tar sands regulation

National representatives from EU member countries have delayed a vote to tighten the EU's Fuel Quality Directive yesterday (October 25), amid acute pressure from the Canadian government and alleged stalling attempts by the United Kingdom.
Brexit 05-10-2011

EU faces down tar sands industry

The EU executive has defied intense pressure from governments and lobbyists to include oil from innovative but highly-polluting tar sands within Europe’s Fuel Quality Directive.
Energy 30-03-2010

EU warned fuel quality plans will increase oil emissions

Draft rules on implementing the EU's Fuel Quality Directive would allow imports of tar sand and other energy intensive oils to the EU, undermining greenhouse gas emission savings, environmentalists have warned.