The OGA is fully committed to enabling the achievement of the UK government's commitments to reach Net Zero emissions by 2050.
The OGA is working with government and industry on the vital role that the oil and gas industry must play in the UK energy transition – in driving to Net Zero carbon across the UKCS as quickly as possible.
Government forecasts show that oil and gas will remain an important part of our energy mix for the foreseeable future, with the UK as a net importer, including under net zero scenarios
Managing the declining production and maximising value from the UKCS as cleanly and efficiently as possible to meet this demand - as long as it exists - from domestic production also has broader economic benefits including jobs, future exchequer revenues and reduced reliance on hydrocarbon imports.
The OGA has therefore put Net Zero considerations at the heart of its core business, including:
- Reviewing our Strategy to integrate Net Zero
- Benchmarking data on flaring and venting to drive performance improvement
- Leading a study into offshore energy integration to build closer links between oil and gas and renewables and reduce carbon emissions from oil and gas production
- As the licensing authority for carbon storage, stewarding projects through development and supporting the government’s CCS deployment pathway
Ahead of COP26 in 2020, The OGA has challenged the offshore oil and gas industry to:
- Commit to clear measurable greenhouse gas targets, with real progress on methane.
- Show progress on carbon capture and storage, including work having started on major projects.
- Demonstrate measurable progress on energy integration opportunities – for example, an electrification project.
- An acceleration of the move to ensure there is a diverse array of skills and people for the long-term energy offshore and supply industry.