Comment on North Sea Transition Deal

Published:24 March 2021

Commenting on the Government’s North Sea Transition Deal, Dr Jonathan Marshall, Head of Analysis at the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU) said: “For a government usually so keen to set targets, the absence of an end date for extracting fossil fuels from the North Sea is a glaring omission. The days in which oil and gas receipts topped up Treasury coffers are long gone, with our ageing oil and gas infrastructure increasingly a drain on national finances.

“It is clear that the energy future of our seas is renewable. A bold announcement on ending oil and gas extraction in the North Sea whilst supporting jobs and workers through the transition would have made waves comparable to plans to stop generating electricity from coal and ending the sale of petrol and diesel cars. With the UK hosting this year's UN climate summit for the first time ever, this is surely the time for bold action on ending our reliance on fossil fuels.”

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