Oil field is blocking local climate action | Letters

Oil and Gas British isles is saying that the sector is a “major asset” in the thrust to reduce carbon emissions (Letters, 2 August). But it is the oil sector that has blocked climate motion for the previous 3 many years. OGUK touting its “net zero by 2050” ambition – which addresses only operational emissions and completely ignores the a lot more significant “scope 3” emissions from burning the fossil fuels generated – is ridiculous. On leading of which, the UK’s observe history on operational emissions is abysmal.

The government’s North Sea transition offer unsuccessful to deal with the two main problems of vitality transition – location a clear route to section down oil and gasoline generation, and backing that up with sufficient assistance for personnel and communities affected. The place other nations have ended licensing for oil exploration, the Uk governing administration maintains its policy mandating the “maximisation of financial restoration” of oil and gasoline, indicating companies have to extract just about every previous drop. They declare that this is vital for electricity stability, but the controversial Cambo oilfield, now under evaluate by the govt, is expected to export 80% of its generation.

There are other alternatives, with appreciably better extensive-time period prospects. As an oil employee not too long ago advised me, any individual common with drilling for oil is very well placed to swap to drilling for floor source warmth pumps.
Mel Evans
Head of oil and fuel transition, Greenpeace Uk

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