A new energy report, commissioned by the province, is working to Alberta's advantage.
The Jacobs Consultancy report says the life cycle of gasoline produced in Alberta can have far less of a carbon footprint than suggested by the European Union's greenhouse gas ratings system.
The EU is assigning ratings to gasoline and fuel to reduce carbon emissions from vehicles. Last year, Alberta's oilsands derived gasoline got a rating of 22 per cent above the normal benchmark.
However, the Jacobs report puts the oilsands at 12 per cent above the average.
The finding will likely work to Alberta's advantage when the government meets with the EU to lobby against the province's high rating.
Read the full report here. (ks)