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UK advertising watchdog bans Equinor from repeating green claims

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🗞️ Driving the news: The UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has banned Norway's state-backed energy company Equinor from repeating certain environmental claims in its advertising 
• The ASA's decision follows a complaint about an ad suggesting a balanced role for wind farms, oil and gas, and carbon capture in Equinor’s energy mix, despite the company's primary revenue still coming from oil and gas

🔭 The context: Equinor's advertisement, which appeared in The Economist and other British media, claimed that wind, oil, gas, carbon capture, and new jobs are part of "the broader energy picture” 
• This claim was challenged by the ASA, which found the ad potentially misleading due to the exaggerated role of lower-carbon initiatives in Equinor’s overall activities

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: The case underscores the ongoing debate over the role of fossil fuels and renewable energy in the transition to a cleaner energy future 
• The ASA's action highlights the importance of accurate representation of environmental initiatives by companies, especially in sectors critical to addressing climate change

⏭️ What's next: The incident raises broader questions about the advertising of fossil fuel companies and the portrayal of their environmental efforts

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