Speaking to MSPs of Holyrood’s net zero committee, CCC member Lord Deben said: “The justification for any new oil and gas exploration or production has to be very, very, very strong and I cannot say that I have so far seen any such case.” He added that opening Cambo “would send a message to the rest of the world that such a development is acceptable.” Responding, Scottish Greens climate spokesperson Mark Ruskell said: “The climate science is clear, and so are the UK Government’s advisors. Cambo cannot go ahead, and if his government is to have any shred of credibility going into the COP26 climate summit, it’s time Boris Johnson listened to his Committee on Climate Change, instead of the fossil fuel industry.”
Scottish Greens 31st Aug 2021 read more »
Air pollution is cutting short the lives of billions of people by up to six years, according to a new report, making it a far greater killer than smoking, car crashes or HIV/Aids. Coal burning is the principal culprit, the researchers said, and India is worst affected, with the average citizen dying six years early. China has slashed air pollution in the last seven years, but dirty air is still cutting 2.6 years from its people’s lifespan.
Guardian 1st Sept 2021 read more »
North Sea oil and gas investment collapsed to its lowest level since 1973 last year, amid warnings from the energy industry that Britain could end up relying on imports of fossil fuels from other parts of the world. Only £3.7bn was invested in the UK Continental Shelf during 2020 as demand for oil collapsed during the pandemic and prices tumbled, according to trade body Oil and Gas UK (OGUK) which said this was one-third less than the amount invested in 2019. OGUK said the drop in capital injected into the North Sea was steeper than the global average fall in oil and gas investment (27pc) and the decline in overall UK business investment in early 2020 (17pc).
Telegraph 1st Sept 2021 read more »
Spend on projects in the UK North Sea is expected to top £20 billion over the next five years, a flagship study has revealed. And according to Oil and Gas UK’s (OGUK) annual Economic Report, that investment is forecast to unlock around 2.7bn barrels of oil equivalent (boe) from the UK continental shelf (UKCS). That’s despite increasing calls for Westminster to reign back North Sea oil and gas production in order to tackle climate change.
Energy Voice 1st Sept 2021 read more »