Not all oils are created equal. That’s the message from Schulich School of Engineering researcher Joule Bergerson. She contributed to the first Oil-Climate Index which compares various crude oils’ greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions over the life cycle, from point of extraction to the consumer.
Earlier this month, the Oil-Climate Index was launched by researchers at the University of Calgary, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and Stanford University, to compare the environmental impact of different types of oil.
Oil produced in one place may release significantly more GHGs than oil produced in another, according to a new Oil-Climate Index published this month by a team of scientists from Stanford University, the University of Calgary, and the Carnegie Endowment.
Prof. Adam Brandt is co-author of the Global Oil-Climate Index that allows comparison of climate impacts associated with a broad range of oil resources such as heavy oils, oil sands and tight oil. Brandt collaborated with colleagues from the Carnegie Endowment's Energy and Climate Program and the University of Calgary to develop the first-of-its-kind index.
This information comes from the first-ever Climate Oil Index released by global think tank Carnegie Endowment for International Peace last week, a stunning analysis of 30 different global oils based on their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions throughout the entire oil supply chain—oil extraction, crude transport, refining, marketing, product combustion and end use.
"Oil is changing," said Deborah Gordon, Energy and Climate Program director for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. "There are so many new categories of oils that are coming into the marketplace, and they're really quite different from each other."
On March 11, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Stanford University, and the University of Calgary released the first Oil-Climate Index aimed to model how oil is changing and its effect on climate change.
The new global oil-climate index produced by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace delves into the greenhouse gas emissions associated with the production, transportation and eventual combustion of that wide spectrum of crude.
A new report from the Carnegie Endowment, "Know Your Oil: Creating a Global Oil-Climate Index," evaluates the major oilfields around the world in the context of their respective climate change impacts.
A new report documents the climate impacts of various types of oil. As governments address climate-warming greenhouse gases, that information could help policymakers and industry prioritize oils based on their emissions.