In the year of the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow, Michael Matheson will have his work cut out for him as he tackles his new appointment as Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary for Net Zero, Energy and Transport .
Oil and Gas UK (OGUK) launched a manifesto ahead of the Holyrood elections, setting out its main demands on the new government, urging it to defend the sector as “a key part of the energy mix and the economy”, and to reassure the 102,000 people whose jobs are supported by industry across Scotland.
Now the UK’s representative body for offshore oil and gas has said that a local transition to net zero must be at the heart of the agenda for the new Scottish government.
Jenny Stanning, OGUK’s director of external relations, said she looked forward to âshedding lightâ on what was a changing industry.
âAs the eyes of the world turn to Scotland in the year of COP26, we have the opportunity to show the world how oil and gas producing countries can reasonably move towards a more sustainable future. low carbon, âStanning said.
âA local energy transition must be a priority for the Scottish government.
âWith the political support behind a just transition, it is more important than ever that the Scottish Government continue to work with our industry, to put our people, our jobs and our communities at the heart of coronavirus recovery plans.
âMeaningful engagement with the people and places that have essential energy expertise will increase our chances of success, and OGUK looks forward to shedding light on our evolving industry as we welcome new and former Cabinet members.
The energy giant BP has already launched a recruitment campaign to help people realize their ambitions in the field of clean energy.
Thousands of employees have left the company as part of a larger restructuring, but now they want to fill 100 offshore wind jobs in the UK and US – a figure that could double by the time of the meeting. COP26 in November.
In an interview, the senior vice president of people and culture for the gas and low carbon business of BP, explained his green ambitions.
âThis is the first step in terms of building our capacity in this space,â said Mikel Jauregi.
“We have the ambition to grow our gigawatts in offshore wind, and therefore the increase in human resources associated with this ambition will increase.”
Producing less oil, generating more clean energy and reducing carbon emissions are all part of the company’s green ambitions, and last year it spent $ 1.1 billion (Â£ 780 million) on a participation in an American offshore wind project managed by the Norwegian company Equinor.
The company followed this as part of Crown Estate’s seabed lease cycle in England and Wales, paying Â£ 900million for three gigawatts of projects in the Irish Sea. He also plans to bid on the ScotWind rental cycle, which is due to end this summer.
Dev Sanyal, executive vice president of gas and low carbon energy at BP, said, âWe were bad at offshore wind power about six months ago.
âWe now have 7.4 gross gigawatts in the world’s fastest growing market – the United States – and the world’s largest market, the United Kingdom.