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Oil and gas must embrace carbon capture, MPs warned

Professor Stuart Haszeldine highlighted the “profound social imperative” of pursuing CCS, as he told MPs some 15% of the workforce could be “stranded” without a switch to a low-carbon economy.

He also said it would be “impossible” to reach a net zero carbon footprint without it.

And he stressed existing oil and gas infrastructure that could be used for CCS was at risk of being decommissioned if the government waits too long to act, thereby increasing the cost of projects.

Prof Haszeldine, director of Scottish Carbon Capture and Storage, made the remarks to a Commons committee yesterday.

He said: “Unless we enable the people in these jobs to transition what they do – the people who work in the oil and gas industry, the people who work in the chemicals industry, the people who work in carbon-emitting industries – unless we enable those jobs to transition into a low-carbon economy, those jobs will disappear out of the UK.