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12/05/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 12/05/2019 09:25

UK amongst top 10 countries expanding oil and gas production

1. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has said global warming must be limited to 1.5°C, requiring zero emissions before 2050. According to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), existing national commitments track towards a catastrophic 3.2°C of warming by 2100.

2. Sea Change, a report published in May 2019, by Friends of the Earth Scotland, Oil Change International and Platform, found that recent government subsidies given to companies extracting oil and gas in the UK will add twice as much carbon to the atmosphere as the phase-out of coal power saves.

3. The UK's Infrastructure Act (2015) enshrined into law the duty for UK Governments to 'maximise economic recovery' of oil and gas, building on earlier provisions in the Petroleum Act (1998). In effect, this requires the Government to produce and implement a strategy, including tax policies, to ensure that as much oil and gas as possible is extracted from the UK.

4. This report will be launched at a press conference at the UN Conference of the Parties in Madrid, at 1400 (CET) - embargoed copies available on request.