North Sea Oil
As part of our Scotland and the Climate Crisis series, Ferret Fact Service looks at the Scottish Government's targets to tackle climate change.
29 new oil and gas projects in the UK North Sea could cause one billion tonnes of emissions despite the pausing of the Cambo oil field.
The Scottish Government has missed its targets on reducing climate emissions in five of the seven sectors set out in its 2018 plan to tackle climate change.
The UK will cause 361 million tonnes of carbon pollution by increasing North Sea oil production since the climate emergency was declared in 2019.
Climate campaigners have branded the Scottish Government “disgraceful” for consulting the oil and gas industry on “choreography around COP26”.
The Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi), which aims to “independently assess" corporate climate pledges, is developing its guidance alongside fossil fuel polluters.
The main developer behind the Cambo oil field is ultimately owned in an offshore tax haven, which could deprive the UK of tens of millions of pounds.
The UK government has lost over £250 billion in 13 years by giving generous tax breaks to North Sea oil companies, according to an expert report.
New fossil fuel developments planned across Scotland will lock the country into polluting the climate for decades and help “fry the planet”, campaigners are warning.