The UK must set a “hard-edged timetable” for the cessation of oil and gas exploration, Keir Starmer has said, as he revealed that Labour would not support the proposed Cambo oilfield development 77 miles north-west of Shetland. Emphasising that “we absolutely have to protect people’s jobs”, the Labour leader said: “We’ve got to try to create a timetable for [the cessation of exploration]. It’s got to be subject to consensus and agreement, and we have got to bring communities with us. “Otherwise there’ll be a disconnect between the obligations that we’ve got to fulfil in order to deal with the climate crisis and the communities that are going to be most deeply affected.”
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Sir Keir Starmer has said the Cambo oilfield should not get the go-ahead and called for a “hard-edged” timetable to end oil and gas extraction. The UK Labour leader confirmed that he was opposed to extraction in the field off Shetland. It is estimated that it could yield 255 million barrels. Oxfam Scotland has estimated that the 132 million tonnes of potential carbon dioxide emissions would need an area 1.5 times the size of Scotland to negate them. Boris Johnson said yesterday he was not aware of the proposal, although it must be approved by the Oil and Gas Authority, part of the UK government.
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Keir Starmer has branded Boris Johnson and his government “climate delayers”, as he warned that the biggest threat to international efforts to stem global warming is no longer outright denial but failure to act with the necessary urgency.
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Sir Keir Starmer has urged the government to invest urgently in jobs that benefit the environment. The Labour leader wants £30bn spent to support up to 400,000 “green” jobs in manufacturing and low-carbon industries. The government says it will create thousands of green jobs as part of its overall climate strategy. But official statistics show no measurable increase in environment-based jobs in recent years. Speaking to the BBC as he begins a two-day visit to Scotland, Sir Keir blamed this on a “chasm between soundbites and action”. He and PM Boris Johnson are both in Scotland this week, showcasing their green credentials ahead of November’s COP 26 climate summit in Glasgow.
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A timetable must be set out for the end of oil and gas, partnered with a “truly just transition”, Sir Keir Starmer has said.
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A group of leading international researchers have issued a stark new warning to governments that relying on technology alone will not be enough to address the growing climate emergency, saying that presumptions that economic growth can continue unchecked should be challenged. In a new research paper, published in the academic journal Nature, researchers from Europe, the UK and Australia challenge the presumption that wealthier nations can continue to chase uninterrupted economic growth while maintaining a realistic chance of avoiding the worst impacts of climate change.
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The Government published a raft of policy documents before the parliamentary recess aimed at delivering a net zero energy system. These included a Smart Systems and Flexibility Plan, a Retail Markets Strategy, and a proposal for an Independent Energy System Operator. Other important documents, such as the Heat and Buildings Strategy and the Hydrogen Strategy failed to obtain the green light for publication. These remain in the hopper for later in the year. The published documents propose big changes most notably to electricity and gas system planning and operation. Despite evident ambition, concerns remain that these various initiatives lack coordination and do not represent a coherent plan to deliver net zero. A net zero delivery strategy requires that the various policy elements work together to achieve the desired reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. The chart below illustrates the different levels of policy.
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Boris Johnson and Sir Keir Starmer will visit renewable energy projects in Scotland as the country prepares to host the Cop26 climate conference. The Prime Minister and the leader of the Labour Party made separate visits north of the border on Wednesday and will continue on Thursday. Both MPs will tour renewable energy projects three months ahead of the international climate gathering. Sir Keir attacked Mr Johnson as being “missing in action” in the lead-up to the summit, and told journalists there needed to be a firm timetable laid out to end the extraction and exploration of oil and gas in the North Sea. He said the timetable must be partnered with a “truly just transition”. “It’s got to be subject to consensus and agreement and we’ve got to… bring communities with us on this, otherwise there will be a disconnect between the obligations that we have to deal with the climate crisis and the communities that are going to be affected,” he said.
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