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Offshore Industry: Carbon Emissions and Climate Change

Question for Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

UIN 417, tabled on 10 May 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the compatibility of Shell's proposed Jackdaw Field Development with the UK's (a) international climate obligations and (b) net-zero target.

Answered on

18 May 2022

Development proposals for oil fields under existing licences are a matter for the regulators - the North Sea Transition Authority and the Offshore Petroleum Regulator for Environment and Decommissioning (OPRED). As part of that regulatory process, OPRED completes an Environmental Impact Assessment and a public consultation on any proposal, ensuring the impact on the environment is taken into account. OPRED’s decision on the Environmental Impact Assessment for Jackdaw will be made in due course.

The emissions reduction targets in the North Sea Transition Deal (NSTD) are monitored by the North Sea Transition Authority, emissions from any new fields as production comes on stream would be taken into account in continuing to ensure the targets in the Deal are met.