More oil and gas wells are to be drilled in the North Sea, the UK government has announced. The decision has angered environmental campaigners, who say the government should refuse new licences. Ministers say permission to drill will be granted as part of a careful transition away from fossil fuels, safeguarding jobs and the economy. But the environmentalists say that enough fossil fuels to ruin the climate has already been found. In light of this, they say, the government should have refused the new licences. They add that the decision undermines the UK position as leader of the vital UN climate conference in November, known as COP26.
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Green groups have expressed their anger at the Government’s new £16bn sector deal that pledges to align the oil and gas sector with the national net-zero target, while also ending financing for overseas fossil fuel projects, with many frustrated by a refusal to end oil and gas licensing. The Government unveiled its North Sea Transition Deal this morning (24 March), much to the disappointment of campaigners. The new deal promises to support oil and gas industry workers and businesses by introducing low-carbon solutions such as hydrogen production, Carbon Capture Usage and Storage, offshore wind and decommissioning. However, no timeframe has been set for when this decarbonisation process will be completed, with the Government stating that it will be in line with its own national net-zero aspirations. Additionally, the Government has failed to rule out that oil and gas projects, largely based in Scotland and the North East, will be licensed in the future.
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Ministers will allow oil drillers to keep exploring the North Sea for new reserves, despite the government’s pledge to tackle carbon emissions, as long as they pass a “climate compatibility” test.
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Ministers have avoided setting an end date for North Sea oil and gas extraction, claim climate campaigners. New ‘transition strategy’ for UK oil and gas proposes a ‘Climate Compatibility Checkpoint’ to judge whether new licences are compatible with net zero goals.
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North Sea on borrowed time as green targets block exploration. Licences to drill will no longer be granted if they threaten the Government’s commitment to a net zero carbon economy.
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The government is facing a backlash after refusing to rule out awarding new rights to drill for oil in the North Sea. Critics said yesterday that offering new oil exploration licences was incompatible with Britain’s climate targets and that the decision set a bad example ahead of November’s COP26 climate talks in Glasgow. Announcing a “North Sea transition deal” with the oil industry, the government said that it intended to hold more licensing rounds but that they would be subject to a “climate compatibility” test. “If the evidence suggests that a future licensing round would undermine the UK’s climate goals or delivery of net zero, it will not go ahead,” it said. The government and industry would jointly invest billions in reducing emissions from the sector, it added.
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The government will be making decisions about the future of North Sea oil and gas over the next month. So Greenpeace activists took to the streets of Westminster to send a message to the energy minister, Anne-Marie Trevelyan, to stop granting new oil and gas licences and kickstart a green jobs revolution.
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Big banks’ trillion-dollar finance for fossil fuels ‘shocking’, says report.
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