January 2013

Trends and Resources

HP Impact: Canadian oil sands GHG emissions scrutinized

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 ..

Thinnes, Billy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

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. When the oil sands products refined in the US are considered (a mixture of oil sands and lower carbon blending components), the GHG emissions are, on average, 9% higher than the average crude processed in the

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