Oil giant Shell and Siccar Point Energy are seeking permission from the UK Government to open a huge new oil field, called the Cambo field, in the sea west of Shetland.
The climate impacts of opening this new oil field would be devastating. In the first phase alone, developers want to extract 150 million barrels of oil; the emissions from which are equivalent to running a coal power station for 16 years. Additionally, the field is expected to operate until 2050, the point by which the UK government has committed to reaching net zero emissions.
In just a few months, the eyes of the world will turn to the UK as the hosts of the UN climate talks in Glasgow. Approving the Cambo field will send a clear message that this government is not serious about climate action and not willing to do its part to phase out support for oil and gas.
With the right policy support, the UK could create three jobs in clean energy for every oil & gas job at risk. We need a clear, credible plan to wind down production and deliver a just transition that is driven by oil and gas workers, their unions and affected communities.
This must start with saying no to Cambo.