These briefings reveal that Total, Eni, and Equinor are on the cusp of approving a surge of new oil and gas development. If they proceed with all the projects in their anticipated pipeline for 2023, Eni could rank as the world’s third worst oil and gas expander this year and Equinor as the world’s eighth worst by the total volume of new reserves approved for extraction.
It’s that time of year again when the oil industry has to face its shareholders and investors in public: AGM season. Over the coming days, Big Oil executives will have to respond to questions about how they are reconciling the plans for expanding fossil fuel growth with their public commitments on climate change.
In the seven years since the Paris Agreement was adopted, the world’s 60 largest private banks financed fossil fuels with USD $5.5 trillion. The report lays bare the shocking fact that even as fossil fuel companies made $4 trillion in profits in 2022, banks still provided $673 billion in financing. Remarkably, this happened while oil majors like Exxon Mobil and Shell PLC asked for $0 financing from banks in 2022.
The new briefing, titled ”Investing in Disaster”, exposes the countries and companies that have approved the most new oil and gas extraction in 2022, and that could be responsible for major expansion through 2025.
Since May 2021, Shell has expressed interest to develop ten new oil and gas extraction assets, which could lock in additional CO2 pollution (325 million metric tonnes) two times greater than the Netherlands’ total CO2 emissions in 2021.
Despite the ongoing climate crisis, Shell continues to develop new oil and gas assets. Since the Dutch court ruling in May 2021, Shell has made definitive investments in 10 assets, which once burned will result in 325 million metric tonnes of CO2 emissions. Shell also co-owns more than 750 untapped oil and gas assets, which would amount to 4.3 billion metric tonnes of extra CO2 emissions, 30 times more than the total emissions from the Netherlands in 2021.
This paper outlines priorities for the Beyond Oil and Gas Alliance (BOGA) and its members that were identified by civil society groups to turn what has remained a largely aspirational diplomatic initiative into a force for increased climate action in line with equity, justice, and science.
Today, a few days after a high level event (1) organized by the Beyond Oil and Gas Alliance (2) on the margins of the UN General Assembly in New York, civil society organizations launch a position paper urging the coalition and its members to deliver on commitments to promote a global phase out of oil and gas production, and turn aspirations into bold and ambitious climate action in line with equity, justice, and science.
Last week, a new scientific report was published looking at climate tipping points. As one of the authors notes: “The world is heading towards 2-3C of global warming. This sets Earth on course to cross multiple dangerous tipping points that will be disastrous for people across the world”.
A peer reviewed paper, published today in Nature Communications, examines the global decarbonisation scenarios produced by BP, Shell and Equinor and finds they are incompatible with the climate objectives of the Paris Agreement.