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Oil and Gas UK (OGUK), the trade association body, has published a new report outlining the plans of the offshore industry to halve operational emissions within the next 10 years, demonstrating the industry’s pathway to decarbonisation.

The ‘Production Emissions Targets Report’ also focuses on how skills, capabilities, and infrastructure can be used to make a major contribution to enabling the UK ambition of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

OGUK chief executive officer Deirdre Michie said: “We remain committed to addressing the challenge of climate change, as outlined in our Roadmap2035. Our industry will play its part by reducing its emissions and developing the solutions to contribute to the UK’s overall targets.”

According to the report, these targets will be achieved through changes to operations such as progressive reductions in flaring and venting; major capital investment programmes aimed at using electricity rather than gas; and power offshore facilities.

The target is based on emissions from production platforms, exploration, shipping, helicopter movements, and onshore terminals set against a 2018 baseline. In 2018, these sources collectively emitted 18.3 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent – 4% of national emissions.

Key measures to reduce emissions, according to the roadmap, include switching from gas to electricity for heating and offshore facilities; progressively reducing flaring to venting; and improving energy efficiency for buildings.

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Scottish company Opportunity North East chair Ian Wood said: “The report also underlines the need for public and private investment in step-change decarbonisation solutions and for government to create a legislative and regulatory environment that supports and accelerates action to achieve the ambitious targets for 2045 and 2050.”