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Committee to investigate the future of the oil and gas industry

11 October 2018

The Scottish Affairs Committee continues its inquiry into the future of the oil and gas industry. Witnesses will include the UK Energy Research Centre, Friends of the Earth Scotland and Scottish Carbon Capture Association.

Focus of the hearing

The session will examine the tension between the Government's clean growth agenda, including emissions reductions, and the Maximising Economic Returns strategy for North Sea oil.

The Committee will discuss the impact extracting the predicted 20 billion barrels left in UK oil reserves would have on environmental targets, and what role oil and gas might play in the UK's future energy mix.

It will also look at the potential for new technologies to mitigate the environmental impact, in particular the development of Carbon Capture and Storage capacity and infrastructure.

Witness schedule 

Wednesday 10 October
Committee Room 8, House of Commons

From 10.15am

  • Prof. Jim Watson, Director, UK Energy Research Centre
  • Prof. Corinen Le Quéré, Director, Tyndall Centre for Climate Change
  • Research, University of East Anglia, Member, Committee on Climate Change
  • Dr Richard Dixon, Director, Friends of the Earth Scotland
  • Prof. Stuart Haszeldine, Scottish Carbon Capture Association

Further information

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