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Nearly 40 UK fossil fuel projects in the pipeline for approval by 2025

The projects are predicted to contribute nearly triple the UK’s yearly greenhouse gas emissions if approved

A new study reveals that almost 40 coal, oil and gas projects are pending approval by 2025.

Research conducted by Friends of the Earth England, Wales and Northern Ireland and the New Economics Foundation suggests that if these projects will be greenlit that could triple the UK’s annual total of greenhouse gas emissions.

The future of fossil fuel extraction, estimates 30 offshore oil and gas projects, seven onshore developments and three coal mines are currently in the pipeline across the country.

These projects, which include a proposed oilfield off the coast of Shetland, an oil extraction project in the Surrey Hills and a proposed deep coal mine in Cumbria are predicted to emit over their lifespan an estimated 1.3 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide, the analysis suggests.

Danny Gross, Campaigner at the Friends of the Earth, said: “It’s going to be an embarrassing UN climate conference for the Prime Minister if he doesn’t end support for new fossil fuel extraction projects, here and elsewhere, immediately.

“The UK can’t sit on its high horse demanding other countries reduce emissions without doing the right thing first.”

“What we cannot have is a cliff-edge where oil and gas are abandoned overnight. If we stopped producing gas, this would put energy security, British jobs and industries at risk and we would be even more dependent on foreign imports.

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