Oil & Gas Transitions

Co-creating evidence to accelerate policy action in the North Sea

Our initiative aims to develop a better understanding of oil and gas transition scenarios for the North Sea region (Denmark, Norway and the UK), establish buy-in from key stakeholders and enable collaboration to scale up innovation and early-stage just transition efforts in the oil and gas sector.

The Challenge

Limiting global warming to well below 2°C, preferably 1.5°C, requires a deep transformation of our energy systems to drastically cut fossil fuels. A just transition for the oil and gas sector is our next frontier and a sensitive intervention point to close the gap between international climate ambitions and policies. In the North Sea, Denmark, Norway and the UK are expected to play a key role as first-movers, but only Denmark has so far committed to phase out production. Policymakers, industry, workers, financiers, academia and civil society need to work together to meet the scale of this challenge.

Only Denmark has a phase-out deadline for oil & gas production.

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The Challenge

The Oil & Gas Sector in the North Sea

Denmark

Denmark

11

Active fields in the North Sea

2.3%

% of country’s GHG emissions from upstream oil and gas activities

26,000

Direct & indirect jobs

Norway

Norway

67

Active fields in the North Sea

27%

% of country’s GHG emissions from upstream oil and gas activities

205,000

Direct & indirect jobs

UK

UK

259

Active fields in the North Sea

4%

% of country’s GHG emissions from upstream oil and gas activities

151,600

Direct & indirect jobs

Tackling the Challenge

Robust evidence gathering to improve understanding of the need, barriers, opportunities and impacts of the oil and gas transitions in the UK, Norway and Denmark.

Co-production of just and feasible transition pathways to 2050 alongside a diversity of key stakeholders from government, industry, civil society and academia.

Blueprints drawn from the lessons from the North Sea to raise ambition in other producing and non-producing countries around the world.

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Effective articulation and collaboration with ongoing projects and organisations to leverage the real-world impact of our research.

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Partners

Climate Strategies
Stockholm Environment Institute
University of Edinburgh
University of Oslo
University of Aalborg
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Laudes Foundation

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Oil & Gas Transitions: Co-creating evidence to accelerate action

30th June, 2021 — The North Sea is an intensive region for oil and gas exploration and production, with the UK, Norway and Denmark as major players in exploiting those resources. They remain the three top oil and gas producing nations in Europe despite their ambitious climate neutrality commitments aligned with the Paris Agreement.