February 27, 2020

The leading representative body for the UK’s offshore oil and gas sector, OGUK, has highlighted its plan to ensure the sector can help deliver net zero emissions while providing the secure and affordable energy Scotland needs as it transitions to a low carbon future.

It comes in response to an interim report published by the Scottish Government-appointed Just Transition Commission. The commission welcomed the industry’s Roadmap 2035 – one of the first industrial responses to UK and Scottish Government net zero commitments – which sets out over 60 practical actions in five key areas needed to ensure a successful transition.

The report also called for greater engagement with the workforce, steps to ensure reducing emissions does not see high quality jobs leave the country and called for a joined-up approach to ensure all agencies working with stakeholders towards a shared goal.

Responding to the report, OGUK Chief Executive Deirdre Michie said:

“This report shares our industry’s focus on delivering a fair, inclusive and sustainable transition to a low carbon future. These findings confirm the need for continued partnership working with governments, regulators and our people to ensure that we can continue to support the UK’s diverse energy needs, the communities we work in as well as wider society.

“Our blueprint for net zero as outlined in Roadmap 2035 shows a changing industry in action with a credible plan for the future. Delivering the Roadmap means that the sector can contribute to supporting the energy transition as well as providing secure and affordable energy, ensuring hundreds of thousands of jobs and crucially developing the skills and expertise Scotland needs to find solutions to meet net zero ambitions.

“We’re in the early stages of our journey as an industry and a country and this reinforces that we are heading in the right direction. With the continued support of governments and regulators and a shared commitment to Roadmap 2035, we can deliver a successful transition for the people working in our industry and wider society – both now and in future.”