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In a welcome move, the UK government has announced major funding for multiple carbon capture schemes in its Budget for 2020. Although UK chancellor Rishi Sunak refrained from mentioning any new measures for North Sea oil and gas extraction, his first budget laid emphasis on environment-friendly investment. The UK Committee on Climate Change has proposed the country’s first carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) facility and it should be operational by 2026.
Oil supermajor, Exxon Mobil yesterday chalked out an action plan to reduce the methane emission from its operations, outlining its efforts as governments around the world formulate stringent environmental norms. Exxon is majorly hoping for governments to adopt the procedures the firm undertook over the past two years to reduce methane emissions by 20% in some of its US drilling operations.
Oil supermajor, BP Plc has established a new purpose and 2050 net-zero emissions plan. BP's new Group CEO, Bernard Looney said the company does not currently have short-term targets, adding: “We don’t expect progress to be in a straight line. But make no mistake… The direction is set.” BP has published a ten-point plan, that proposes a company restructuring, a new corporate purpose and an ambition to continue evolving despite changes.
The International Energy Agency (IEA) on Monday said that the oil and gas firms must increase their investment in low-carbon energies. Otherwise, they would face a global backlash that could jeopardize their long-term profits and social acceptance. “Every part of the industry needs to consider how to respond. Doing nothing is simply not an option,” IEA’s Executive Director Fatih Birol said. IEA suggested the sector to boost investments in the cleaner fuels.
A car show in central Brussels met with staged demonstrations from protest group Extinction Rebellion on Sunday, who rallied against the role of auto-industry in CO2 emissions. The protests forced the police to detain 185 protesters, and the show’s security personnel briefly halted admittance to the area. Extinction Rebellion was said to have targeted the show because the car industry told “a lot of lies in order to sell more cars”.
Oil supermajor, ExxonMobil took a big sigh of relief on Tuesday when Judge Barry Ostrager acquitted the firm in the 4-year long New York Climate-Change securities fraud trial. The ruling for the $1.6 billion lawsuit read, “The Office of the Attorney General failed to prove, by a preponderance of the evidence, that ExxonMobil made any material misstatements or omissions about its practices and procedures that misled any reasonable investor,”.
Global carbon emission has hit record levels in 2019 because of the increased use of natural gas. According to the analysis of the Global Carbon Project, CO2 emissions were on a course to rise 0.6% this year. This increase has been recorded even after a substantial decline in the use of coal. "Natural gas is now the biggest contributor to the growth in emissions", says the Carbon Budget report.
In unprecedented discussions, the Indian Parliament yesterday debated the air toxicity currently threatening the 48 million people residing in the Delhi NCR region. The debate saw opposition leaders demanding the government to set up a parliamentary panel to find long-term solutions to the problem. The air quality index in New Delhi exceeded 500 this month, about 10 times the recommended limit.
In protest against Shell’s plan to abandon parts of the giant structures in place in the British North Sea, Greenpeace activists, yesterday, boarded two Royal Dutch Shell oil platforms in the region. Photographs show two people climbing one of the giant, rusty structures and unfurling a banner which read “Clean up your mess, Shell!”. The British supermajor is currently looking for Governmental approval to abandon the steel legs of the platforms.
The annual Oil and Money conference dinner last night was stormed by Greenpeace climate activists, who branded oil majors Shell and BP as ‘Climate Criminals’. The protests happened as the Executive of the Year award was due to pass from BP CEO Bob Dudley to Shell’s Ben van Beurden. The protestors also labeled the event as a “climate crime scene”.
India’s biggest oil guzzler, IOCL has built an 850 metres long road by using 16 metric tonnes of single-use plastic waste in bitumen concrete. The downstream major has also called for ‘expression of interest’ from different parties and aggregators to regularly provide commercial amounts of such waste. IOCL officials said that the road was constructed outside the firm’s R&D facility in Faridabad on an experimental basis.
In his address to the United Nations Climate Action Summit yesterday, Prime Minister Modi emphasized on taking action on climate change issues, rather than talking. The PM announced about increasing India’s renewable energy capacity to much beyond 175 GW by 2022, and later till 450 GW. He also added that the country is working towards increasing the proportion of the biofuel blend in petrol and diesel.
The United Nations Climate Action Summit yesterday experienced an angry teenager climate change activist Greta Thunberg condemning world leaders for failing to take strong measures to combat climate change. “How dare you,” she said. “You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words,” the little climate change activist said. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres convened the summit in New York.
Ahead of its annual stakeholder dialogue event, the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI) has kickstarted a series of initiatives to facilitate carbon capture, use and storage (CCUS) and reduce emissions. The initiative is projected to unravel huge investments in CCUS and create the necessary conditions for a CCUS industry. The OGCI is looking to double the volume of CO2 currently stored worldwide before 2030.
Australia’s clean energy regulator today said that the country has achieved its 2020 target for producing electricity from large-scale renewable energy ahead of schedule. The achievement for Australia has come despite the slow wind and solar investment, and more than a decade of climate policy uncertainty. The target first set in 2001 aimed at producing 33,000 GWh of power from large-scale renewable energy by 2020.
Chevron Corp yesterday informed about launching one of the world’s largest carbon capture and storage projects. The project involves infusing carbon dioxide into a deep reservoir under an island off Western Australia at Chevron’s Gorgon LNG project. Chevron said that approximately 3.4 to 4 million tonnes of CO2 will be buried every year after the facility reaches full capacity. Gases emitted from the Gorgon field contain at least 14% CO2.
World’s biggest listed miner and biggest coking coal producer, BHP, yesterday, said that it will commit $400 million over five years to cut emissions. BHP is first in line of miners to pledge to combat pollution caused when customers utilize its products. BHP CEO Andrew Mackenzie said that the firm would focus on developing technology to reduce emissions both inside and outside the company.
Chinese environment ministry has revealed that greenhouse gas emissions hit 12.3 billion tonnes in 2014, an increment of 53.5% from 2005. The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change requires Beijing to submit an official inventory to the UN on a systematic basis. Although the country has pledged to show “the highest possible ambition”, it is also looking to bring its total emissions to a peak by “around 2030”.