Net Zero dispute

Sturgeon accused of ‘baby steps’ over Cambo oil field


Nicola Sturgeon wants oil licences ‘reassessed’

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has called on Prime Minister Boris Johnson to “reassess” oil and gas licences, including the controversial Cambo project, in light of commitments to reducing fossil fuel consumption.

In a letter to Downing Street, Ms Sturgeon asks for a re-think of those licences already issued but where field development has not yet commenced.

Her request is “in light of the scientific report published by the IPCC this week and the severity of the climate emergency we now face. That would include the proposed Cambo development.”

The First Minister has also proposed a UK four nations summit to ensure that global leadership on the challenging decisions that need to be made to ensure a just transition to net zero is demonstrated in the run-up to COP26 and beyond.

In her letter she asks Mr Johnson to commit to “significantly enhancing the climate conditionality” associated with offshore oil and gas production.

Labour accused the First Minister of shifting responsibility on to Westminster, though she pointed out that “key decisions on offshore licencing (sic), regulation and policy are reserved to the UK government.”

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