Climate campaigners have branded the Scottish Government “disgraceful” for consulting the oil and gas industry on “choreography around COP26” at meetings in 2020 and 2021. The meetings of the Scottish Government’s Oil and Gas Strategic Leadership Group (SLG) were chaired by former Holyrood energy minister, Paul Wheelhouse. Members include big oil companies Shell, BP, Equinor, Petrofac as well as the offshore trade association Oil and Gas UK. Minutes from the meetings include requests from Wheelhouse for the industry to “consider how it can contribute” to the summit. The then minister also said he was “keen to try and emphasise any progress being made and a single message from the sector” ahead of COP26. One environmental group told The Ferret the meetings were evidence that the Scottish Government was “colluding to greenwash the oil and gas industry’s dirty image on the international stage”. Another said that ministers need to “find the courage to stand up to” Scotland’s fossil fuel sector.
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