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North sea countries not aligned with climate targets, report shows

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🗞️ Driving the news: A new report by Oil Change International (OCI) highlights that North Sea countries, including Norway, the UK, the Netherlands, Germany, and Denmark, are failing to align their oil and gas production policies with the Paris Agreement's climate targets
• These nations are the world's seventh-largest oil and gas producers but have not established clear decarbonization pathways

🔭 The context: OCI's analysis introduces nine benchmarks for assessing how well North Sea countries' fossil fuel production policies match up with the objectives of the Paris agreement
• Findings indicate that none of these nations are on a positive trajectory towards decarbonization, with policies largely lacking in ambition to phase out fossil fuels or support a just transition

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: The continued extraction and licensing for new fossil fuel projects by these countries not only contravene international climate goals but also risk precipitating catastrophic climate effects and economic crises
• This misalignment threatens global efforts to limit warming and undermines these nations' status as potential leaders in climate action

⏭️ What's next: The report calls for urgent, decisive actions from North Sea governments to realign their energy policies with climate commitments
• It suggests an opportunity for these countries not just to phase out fossil fuels but to lead in the transition to renewable energy, leveraging their economic position to finance sustainable, just energy transitions

💬 One quote: "The five major North Sea countries are at a crossroads: one path leads towards global leadership in climate action and green industries. The other path leads to catastrophic climate change, economic crisis, and the loss of status as climate leaders globally,” (Silje Ask Lundberg, North Sea Campaign Manager at Oil Change International)

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