Environmental campaigners have responded to Oil & Gas UK claims about reducing the climate-changing emissions from their operations. Emissions from extracting oil and gas represent just a tiny fraction of the climate emissions created when these fossil fuels are burned.

Friends of the Earth Scotland Just Transition Campaigner Ryan Morrison commented,
“The oil and gas industry is being disingenuous with its focus on reducing the impact of extracting fossil fuels without any acknowledgement of the far greater impacts of actually burning billions of barrels of oil and gas. The only honest zero carbon strategy is a rapid, well-planned conversion of the offshore industry away from fossil fuels and towards renewables.

“Fossil fuels drive the climate crisis and the industry has shown time and time again it does not serve the interests of people or planet; thousands of offshore workers are facing redundancy, supply chain companies in Scotland are struggling to cope with the industries volatility while the reckless pursuit of every last drop of oil and gas brings climate breakdown ever closer.

“Instead of dancing to the industry’s tune and throwing public money into fanciful technologies like carbon capture and fossil hydrogen, both Scottish and UK Governments must invest in a Just Transition, building secure and sustainable jobs in a 100% renewable energy system that prioritises workers and communities instead of corporate interests. “

Notes to Editors

1. Oil & Gas UK media statement https://oilandgasuk.co.uk/uk-offshore-oil-and-gas-industry-outlines-plan-to-cut-emissions-as-talks-on-transformational-sector-deal-formally-begin/

2. 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, 75 national member groups, and 5,000 local activist groups.