Response to Labour's emissions claims

24 March 2019

Commenting on Labour's spurious emissions claims, Ken Cronin of UK Onshore Oil and Gas said: 

"The carbon footprint associated with the combustion of natural gas is the same regardless of gas source, but UK shale gas has a pre-combustion footprint half that of the imported sources we are increasingly relying on to keep Britain moving. This is a fact that Labour conveniently ignore in their report, which simultaneously fails to explain how their estimates have been reached. 

"Globally natural gas consumption is forecast to increase as it displaces high carbon coal, while in the UK, 84% of homes rely on gas for heating that comes at one quarter the cost of their electricity. 

"Test 2 of the Committee on Climate Change report detailing how shale could be compatible with our climate targets asserted that UK shale should not breach gas consumption limits set under the Climate Change Act. Our members have committed to that requirement." 

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