Climate activists from environmental organisation Greenpeace took to the stage at the awards Oil and Money conference on Tuesday evening. According to Energy Voice, the protesters entered the annual conference dinner with a banner describing BP and Shell as “climate criminals.” The activists approached the stage as the Executive of the Year award was about to pass from BP CEO Bob Dudley to Shell’s Ben van Beurden.

Energy Voice reported that protests were also staged before the conference outside the Intercontinental London Park Lane where the annual conference dinner took place, describing the event as a “climate crime scene”.

Greenpeace senior climate campaigner Mel Evans said: “There’s simply no place for companies like BP and Shell if we’re to tackle the climate crisis.”

“It’s time they ended the search for new oil and switched to renewables or shut up shop and handed cash back to investors,” Evans added.

In response to that, both companies said they are focussed on the climate challenge and are taking action to tackle the issues.

At its AGM in Aberdeen this year, BP shareholders voted in favour of making greater disclosures on how the business aligns with the Paris climate agreement targets.

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However, It did not approve another resolution on harder emission targets, including those for customers known as Scope 3 – concerning indirect emissions that occur in the value chain of the reporting company.

Follow this, a group of responsible shareholders in oil and gas companies group founder Mark van Baal said: “Shareholders needs to support these companies to make a very brave decision – commit to the Paris climate agreement, which they are reluctant to do and we feel we fully understand why. Because if they commit to it, this means that they have to invest completely differently than they do today. So it’s a tough decision and they need to be pushed from the outside. We do it with investors [Greenpeace] do it with by protesting.”