UK Cuts Emissions and Boosts Production
The UK offshore oil and gas industry simultaneously cut its CO2 emissions and increased production last year, a new report from industry body Oil & Gas UK (OGUK) has revealed.
CO2 emissions from the sector decreased by three percent year-on-year in 2018, while output was up by four percent, according to the report, which found that offshore upstream oil and gas operations contributed three percent of total UK greenhouse gas emissions.
“The UK Continental Shelf is a mature and complex basin and our report analysis shows that in 2018 we are delivering a stabilized environmental performance alongside increasing levels of production,” Louise O’Hara Murray, OGUK’s environment manager, said in an organization statement.
“Operators are making changes to processes and equipment offshore to continually improve efficiency and emissions performance,” Murray added.
“Alongside this, OGUK is actively working with its members to understand solutions to meet our commitment to the UK’s net-zero ambition by 2050 and the expectations of society whilst maintaining sovereignty of supply,” the OGUK representative continued.
OGUK’s 2019 Environment Report analyzed and interpreted data gathered and monitored by the Offshore Petroleum Regulator for Environment and Decommissioning (OPRED).
Legislation laid last month put the UK on track to become the first G7 country to set a net zero emissions target in law. Following the development, OGUK reinforced the role the industry can play in supporting the UK to meet its climate change ambitions.
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