Rebecca Willis – ‘Dig coal to save the climate’: the folly of Cumbria’s plans for a new coalmine: Supporters of a new coalmine have argued that it will reduce global warming and create green jobs. How could such absurd claims have gained any credibility? West Cumbria Mining and Cumbria county council have played a clever hand on the climate issue. They haven’t ignored it entirely. Instead, they have come up with an audacious narrative that the mine would actually be beneficial in climate terms – that it would reduce emissions overall. They have built this claim by commissioning consultants to say what they need, and by seeking to complicate an issue that is, at heart, straightforward. They are prolonging a debate which, in reality, has long been settled. These are tactics that fossil fuel industries have used time and time again. Cumbria county council, under strong political pressure to support the mine, has been a willing collaborator. If, after three years of uncertainty, the government says no to this mine, I will certainly be relieved. But I won’t be celebrating until the deeper lesson is learned: climate ambition, economic regeneration and help for neglected communities like west Cumbria must be one and the same thing.
Guardian 27th May 2021 read more »
Oil and gas companies are increasingly announcing new climate goals as they seek to maintain a social licence to operate. Building on our inaugural Absolute Impact report in 2020, we provide an update to our ‘hallmarks of Paris compliance’ framework and relative ranking table of climate goals for 10 of the largest oil and gas producers. Despite various claims of “net zero”, oil and gas emissions targets are far from equal. Some targets include a full spectrum of company activities whilst other goals just cover a small minority of life cycle emissions related to the initial production process. In this analysis, we continue to call for an industry-standard approach to reporting as well as great transparency and accountability.
Carbon Tracker 27th May 2021 read more »
Defeat by climate activists signals twilight for Big Oil. Shareholders, campaign groups and now the courts are piling pressure on the lumbering oil titans to go green. It’s hard to imagine that the oil industry has ever suffered a more bruising week than this. There have, of course, been numerous disasters and setbacks down the years but this was something else, something altogether more existential.
Telegraph 28th May 2021 read more »
Newly-revealed data on the UK oil and gas industry shows it is “on the cusp of dramatic transformation” as it both rebounds from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and positions itself for a greener future.
Scotsman 28th May 2021 read more »