Analysis of the interviews yielded
Analysis of the interviews yielded six key findings that Vadimezan pertain directly to the potential that a voluntary industry PCR standard for crude oil, as developed through an organization like the CSA, could be effective. Highlights are presented in Fig. 3 and elaborated upon in the following discussion. This is followed by a brief assessment of how the interview findings compare to observations in other studies of the roles and impacts of standards in LCA and related contexts.
Fig. 3. Finding highlights, by number and sector of respondent.Figure optionsDownload full-size imageDownload as PowerPoint slide
5.1. Comparisons based on LCA are likely to make consensus on a standard difficult to reach
Seventeen interviewees noted that comparisons based on LCA are often used improperly, and that phycoerythrin are often misleading or misunderstood. Most respondents stated that the site-specific nature of oil sands facilities, for example, in terms of reservoirs and associated technologies, make adequate comparisons difficult, particularly when GHG emissions values are aggregated. The need for a common benchmark or yardstick to compare products derived from oil sands against other products was commonly referenced, but with disagreement over whether the use of a common international yardstick would be help to establish international credibility.