Decarbonising Oil & Gas Production in the UKCS

In 2019, the government introduced a legally-binding commitment to put the UK firmly on a pathway to net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.


The Committee on Climate Change suggests that between 2018 and 2050 the UK must reduce annual greenhouse gas emissions from 451 MtCO2e to <29 meaning that the oil and gas industry must go further and faster to reduce its footprint.

At the request of the North Sea Transition Steering Group (formerly MER UK Steering Group), the Asset Stewardship Task Force (ASTF) was asked to champion operator net zero contribution in the UKCS over the next five years.

The booklet is an amalgamation of 15 standalone case studies which highlight tangible and specific examples of where oil and gas operators are contributing towards net zero.

The examples in this booklet are neither exclusive nor exhaustive: they are drawn from OGA tier one interviews and landscape feedback. They cut across a wide range of themes, showing the diverse range of activities being undertaken to tackle both scope one and two emissions.

These case studies serve as a reminder to industry that no contribution to the net zero journey is too small: we all have to “do our bit” – where practical – to work towards the target. This kind of ongoing effort and commitment are what will help drive a culture where net zero becomes a core part of all operations.

Looking to the months ahead, a sector deal, alongside a global underwater hub and energy transition zone, are offering a real boost to the industry following such a tough period. Now is the time to make the most of these upcoming opportunities and keeping up pace with low-carbon solutions so that case studies like these become less and less unique, and more and more commonplace.

Good Practices

Culture Energy Management System Certification
Inspiring Net Zero
Capital Investment Projects
Measure Digital Emissions Management
CO2 Reduction in Ageing Assets
Methane Emission Detection & Reduction Strategy
Capital Power & Gas Ring Main
Fulmar: Auk Interconnector Project
Carbon Capture at SEGAL Terminal – St Fergus
Net Zero Triton FPSO: Emission Reduction
Think Wider, Study in Detail
Electrification: Evaluation Framework
Stakeholder Incorporating Paris Agreement/Sharing NCS Practices
Setting Environmental Targets within Financing
Energy Area Plan Collaboration

Within this Case Study Booklet, the ASTF/OGA has adopted “CO2” in respect to all matters pertaining to Carbon Dioxide Equivalent (CO2e)