Commenting on the Just Transition Commission Advice for a Green Recovery report, OGUK Chief Executive Deirdre Michie said:
“We have a once in a lifetime opportunity to show how we as an oil and gas producing country can successfully build a more diverse and lower carbon energy mix in a way that embraces the skills and talents of our people and our indigenous industries.
“The Just Transition Commission report is timely and welcome in that it picks up on a number of areas that we as an industry are already driving forward in support of the Scottish Government’s climate ambitions. As noted in the report, the footprint of this industry is felt not only in the North East, but across Scotland and the wider UK.
“Roadmap 2035, developed through inclusive engagement across our industry and led by organisations including the OGTC, the Oil and Gas Authority and industry skills body Opito, is a dynamic and comprehensive plan reflecting many areas that need to be and are being addressed.
“It provides a means by which we come together to ensure we meet as much oil and gas demand from domestic resources as possible while at the same time building on the skills and experience of our sector to help deliver the energy transition using homegrown enterprises. In this way we can all work together to protect jobs, continue to provide affordable energy to consumers and unlock thriving energy communities both now, and in future.”