Greenhouse fuel emissions from offshore oil amenities within the UK fell for a 3rd consecutive yr in 2022 at the same time as manufacturing grew, based on a report printed by the trade’s regulator.
Direct emissions have been 3 p.c decrease than a yr earlier, bringing the decline in greenhouse gases ensuing from the method of extracting oil and fuel to 23 p.c since 2018. The info don’t take note of the carbon launched when finish customers burn the fuels — often called Scope 3 emissions — that are more likely to have risen alongside manufacturing.
Whereas the UK trade is on monitor to hit interim discount targets of 25 p.c by 2027, “daring measures” shall be wanted to ship the pledged 50 p.c discount in direct emissions by the top of the last decade, the UK North Sea Transition Authority mentioned in a report printed on Tuesday.
Greenhouse fuel emissions from upstream oil and fuel manufacturing within the UK peaked within the early 2000s, and have been trending decrease since then in keeping with declining manufacturing, the decommissioning of older amenities, and initiatives to scale back methane leaks and flaring.
The regulator carried out an obligation in 2021 that requires the oil and fuel trade to assist the UK attain net-zero emissions by 2050. It additionally printed steerage stating that new developments should not have any routine flaring or venting of fuel throughout all amenities by 2030.
The common carbon depth of oil and fuel produced within the UK was 21 kilograms of CO2 per barrel of oil equal final yr, a few quarter of the extent for imports of liquefied pure fuel however greater than twice as excessive as pipeline imports from Norway, the place routine flaring is banned, based on the report.