Prospective oil projects in the North Sea with the capacity to produce more than a billion barrels will avoid a new test designed to assess their impact on the climate crisis, the Observer has learned. In a development that has angered environmental campaigners, it has emerged that proposed new developments representing some 1.7bn barrels of oil will not have to undergo the forthcoming “climate compatibility checkpoint”, designed to determine whether they are consistent with the government’s climate commitments. The test will be applied before projects are given an initial licence. But the government has confirmed that previously licensed projects will not have to meet it. Campaigners described this as a major loophole that risks undermining the UK’s position before crucial Cop26 climate talks in Glasgow this year.
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