Fuel poverty, grassroots climate groups and marine protection organisations are amongst 44 groups who have written to Scottish Government Ministers urging them to reject proposals for a new gas burning power station at Peterhead.   

The letter signed by Oxfam Scotland, Fuel Poverty Action, Friends of the Earth Scotland and others highlights how new gas at Peterhead would maintain the current energy system which is “dominated by exploitative fossil fuel companies who are benefitting off ordinary people’s hardship.”
The Scottish Government is under huge pressure to increase climate action after announcing it would scrap its climate targets and this development would lock in higher fossil fuel emissions, from what is already Scotland’s biggest polluter, for decades to come.  

The Scottish Government is considering an application from SSE and Equinor to build a new gas burning station with carbon capture in Aberdeenshire. The proposal would also lock Scottish households into paying energy prices which are set by international gas markets and are prone to external shocks such as the war in Ukraine. Climate campaigners have protested outside Equinor and SSE offices in recent weeks about the companies’ fossil fuel expansion plans.   

The signatories also warn Ministers about reliance on carbon capture saying workers “should not be strung along with empty promises of jobs in fairytale carbon capture” and pointing out of the environmental and ethical risks of trying to store carbon under the North Sea in perpetuity. 

Friends of the Earth Scotland climate campaigner Alex Lee (they/them) commented,

“Organisations from across Scottish society are calling on Ministers to reject this disastrous development which will only further enrich greedy energy companies at a huge cost to Scottish households and the climate. New fossil fuel burning will critically undermine the energy transition and make it even harder for the Scottish Government to meet its climate commitments.   

“Instead of building an energy system on the rotten foundations of carbon capture, we should be ploughing our time and resources into expanding a renewable energy system that is affordable, reliable and run in the public interest.” 

Lucia Harrington, Organising Lead for Fuel Poverty Action commented,  

“Fuel Poverty Action opposes SSE and Equinor’s plans to build a new gas-burning power station in Peterhead. Expanding the fossil fuel industry will do nothing to help people with energy bills, but instead this new power station would lock households into relying on expensive gas for decades. Gas is currently priced five times higher than renewable energy and contributes to global warming, putting many lives at risk. But we know that companies like SSE do not care about people dying; whilst they made millions in profits, around 1000 people in Scotland alone died due to cold homes during the winter of 2022-2023.”  

Campaign Lead at Oceana Naomi Tilley said, 

“The planned development at Peterhead is an appallingly bad proposal from any angle, and the potential for severe damage to our ocean wildlife cannot be ignored. As well as marine heatwaves and ocean acidification driven by the climate crisis, fossil fuel developments and carbon capture projects degrade and destroy extraordinarily rare and diverse habitats – such as rich kelp forests and ancient corals – that are critical to the health of Scottish seas.”  
“It is also downright stupidity to prioritise untested and risky carbon-capture technology over protecting our ocean or slashing emissions. Thriving oceans can help stabilise our climate, give us food to eat, and support long-term livelihoods – safeguarding coastal communities. We don’t need more ocean-wrecking fossil fuel developments; we need a just transition to renewables that can provide low-cost energy and long-term jobs.” 

Frances Guy, Chief Executive, Scotland’s International Development Alliance, 

“Scotland’s industrial history means it has a responsibility to address its climate debt and to ensure current policy does no further harm. Global injustices will continue to grow until Scotland fundamentally reduces its carbon emissions. We urge the Scottish Government to consider the global impact of its domestic decision-making, particularly the new proposal at Peterhead. At a time when those with the biggest climate debt should be doing the most to reduce carbon emissions, a new gas burning power station will disastrously contribute to the impacts felt by climate-vulnerable countries around the world.” 

Sam Bartlet, chair of Parents for Future Scotland said,  

“Building more fossil fuel power stations is like chucking petrol on a burning house. A just transition cannot be built on continued oil and gas use.  Carbon capture and storage is a red herring, only designed to continue the profits of the oil and gas industry at the expense of a livable planet.  

“Climate change isn’t going to disappear just because the Scottish Government’s wants to scrap its climate commitments. We need them and other governments to rise to the challenge, by delivering strong policies that actually cut emissions, expand renewables and deliver warm homes and good quality green jobs. Anything else is a betrayal of our children, and children everywhere.” 
Text of letter & full list of signatures available at


Press release and photos from the protest at Equinor offices in Aberdeen on same day as the company AGM (14 May)

Press release and photos from the protest at SSE headquarters in Perth (22 May)


SSE profits in 2023-2024 were £2.45billion, in 2022-2023 were £2.53billion. SSE owns 14 fossil fuel power stations and fossil fuel burning makes up the majority of SSE’s energy generation.

About the Peterhead gas burning power station 

SSE and Equinor have submitted a planning application for a new gas burning power station with carbon capture plant at Peterhead, Aberdeenshire. The application is for an additional plant alongside the existing Peterhead gas burning power station, which is already Scotland’s single biggest polluters.

The development poses a significant risk to Scotland’s legally enshrined climate and emission reduction targets and to a just transition for workers and communities. The Scottish Government will make the decision whether to approve this project and lock households into reliance on fossil fuels for energy for the next 25 years.

Oceana is the largest international advocacy organization dedicated solely to ocean conservation.


Fuel Poverty Action campaigns to protect people from fuel poverty. We challenge rip-off energy companies and unfair policies that leave people to endure cold homes. We take action for warm, well-insulated homes and clean and affordable energy, under the control of people and communities, not private companies.

Scotland’s International Development Alliance (SIDA) is the membership body in Scotland for everyone committed to creating a fairer world, free from poverty, injustice and environmental threats. Our membership brings together a diverse range of organisations and individuals including NGOs, businesses, academic institutions and public sector bodies that operate in over 100 countries.

Parents For Future UK has a network of over 30,000 supporters. We act through building a resilient community, peaceful actions, and creative communications. All our campaigning is rooted in the latest climate science. 

Formed in 2019 by a small group of mums, our aim was to inspire and engage more adults to join in the youth climate strikes. We realised that the climate crisis will impact all children, that leaders aren’t doing enough to protect our kids and that parents have power if we work together. 

Today we are the biggest parent climate movement in the UK – and growing fast. We value diverse ideas and voices and have built a supportive, inclusive, thriving community online and offline, with over 30 local groups across the UK.

Friends of the Earth Scotland is:
* Scotland’s leading environmental campaigning organisation
* An independent Scottish charity with a network of thousands of supporters and active local groups across Scotland
* Part of the largest grassroots environmental network in the world, uniting over 2 million supporters, 73 national member groups, and 5,000 local activist groups.

Fuel Poverty Action campaigns to protect people from fuel poverty. We challenge rip-off energy companies and unfair policies that leave people to endure cold homes. We take action for warm, well-insulated homes and clean and affordable energy, under the control of people and communities, not private companies.

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