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Canadian oil sands GHG emissions scrutinized

01.01.2013  |  Thinnes, Billy,  Hydrocarbon Processing Staff, Houston, TX

Keywords: [oil sands] [GHG] [greenhouse gases] [Canada] [Alberta] [wells to tailpipe] [lifecycle] [crude sources]

IHS has released an update to its 2010 report comparing the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from fuels made from Canadian oil sands to those from other crude sources. The new analysis found that total emissions from refined products that are wholly derived from oil sands are 4% to 18% higher than the average crude oil processed in the US. This level places oil sands on par with other sources of US crude, including crudes from Venezuela, Nigeria, Iraq and California heavy oil production.

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