Scottish unconventional oil and gas: Compatibility with Scottish emissions targets

The Committee on Climate Change was asked by the Scottish Government to examine the impacts of extraction of Scottish unconventional oil and gas (UOG), comprising shale gas, shale oil and coalbed methane, on Scottish greenhouse gas emissions and climate targets.

The Committee’s report finds that the implications for greenhouse gas emissions of Scottish UOG exploitation are subject to considerable uncertainties, both regarding the size of any future industry and the emissions footprint of production.

It also finds that exploiting unconventional oil and gas by fracking on a significant scale is not compatible with Scottish climate targets unless three tests are satisfied.


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