The Paris climate goals demand a rapid, just transition from fossil fuels to clean energy. We’re pushing governments to lead the way by adopting policies to end oil and gas production.
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In order to achieve climate goals, governments and other decision makers must support a just and equitable move away from fossil fuels. We are pushing for precedent-setting leadership from governments to put policies in place to manage the decline of oil and gas and ensure a just transition for fossil-fuel dependent workers and communities.
Building from a growing group of first mover governments, we are pressuring for increasing numbers of national and regional governments to end new licenses and permits for oil and gas production, and to develop plans to wind down their existing production over time.
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"The EU's new international energy strategy is woefully inadequate and would lock in decades' more extraction of deadly gas and oil," said Collin Rees.
In light of the war in Ukraine, shareholder actions on climate against Big Oil are faltering. One activist investors says: “The oil industry is really using the energy crisis as an excuse now to stall climate action.”
A new peer-reviewed study published in Environmental Research Letters finds that existing oil, gas, and coal extraction sites need to be closed down to stay within 1.5C. The study, led by researchers at Oil Change International and the International Institute for Sustainable Development, finds that nearly 40% of developed fossil fuel reserves need to stay in the ground to keep the 1.5°C limit in reach.
Leading climate scientists have revealed that there is a “very strong likelihood” that one of the next five years will be the warmest on record and that the chance of at least one of the next five year’s exceeding 1.5°C is rapidly increasing.
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Yesterday, the government of Norway and the European Commission released a joint statement on energy cooperation in which the EU officially supported “continued [oil and gas] exploration".
Today, the International Energy Agency (IEA) released a new special report on Africa. The 2022 Africa Energy Outlook suggests a potential to increase gas production on the continent to 2030 even in a “sustainable” scenario.
The UK House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee have launched a inquiry into Accelerating the transition from fossil fuels and securing energy supplies, which is scrutinising the UK Government’s Energy Security Strategy and its North Sea Transition Deal (for oil and gas production in the UK’s Continental Shelf). Oil Change International submitted the following evidence for the committee.