A new report from Friends of the Earth (FoE) and the New Economics Foundation (NEF) has revealed that dozens of fossil fuel projects may be approved in the next three years despite repeated warnings that such projects are incompatible with climate targets.
FoE campaigner Danny Gross said COP26 would prove “embarrassing” for Boris Johnson if he fails to “end support for new fossil fuel extraction projects, here and elsewhere, immediately”.
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According to the FoE and NEF’s report, 30 offshore oil and gas projects, seven onshore developments and three coal mines are planning to seek approval by 2025.
Combined, the 40 developments are projected to emit almost triple the UK’s annual greenhouse gas emissions over their lifetime, standing at odds with government pledges to curb reliance on fossil fuels.
A large number of projects are planned for development in the North Sea, but several are seeking approval on land in locations including Cumbria, East Yorkshire and Dorset.