14 July 2010 20:05 [Source: ICIS news]
TORONTO (ICIS news)--An overwhelming majority of German’s, 88%, favour legally binding sustainability rules for the oil industry - similar to sustainability criteria for biofuels, according to a survey released on Wednesday, which was conducted on behalf of a biofuels trade group.
The survey, which comes in the wake of BP's massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, also found that a majority of German consumers would back measures to label the sources of oil at fuel pumps, which would give them a chance to reject oil from environmentally risky deep-sea production or ?xml:namespace>
A large number of respondents, 44%, even said they wanted
At the same time, two thirds backed more government support for alternative fuels and technologies for electric vehicles, the survey found.
VDB general manager Elmar Baumann said the findings showed that consumers no longer accepted that environmental costs from oil production were, at the end of the day, paid for by the taxpayer.
Some industry observers recently suggested that the BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico may end up boosting investments and production in Canada's oil sands - an industry that continues to be criticised for its environmental record.
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