Scottish Shale gas’s overall carbon footprint will be 10% lower on average than the carbon footprint of imported Liquefied Natural Gas
The Committee on Climate Change states that our industry would need to meet three tests:
- Emissions must be strictly limited requiring tight regulation, close monitoring and rapid action to address leaks.
- The production of UK shale gas must displace imports, rather than increase gas consumption.
- Emissions from shale gas production must be accommodated within UK carbon budgets.
As an industry, we firmly believe that these can and have been met.
It makes much more sense not to transport gas to the UK across continents and oceans when it should be going to places where it can displace coal.
At a global level, gas is part of the solution to climate change. In the International Energy Agency’s 450 parts per million scenario, global emissions are kept at a level that gives us a decent chance of avoiding more than 2 degrees warming. And in that scenario, global gas use is higher in 2040 than it is today.
Tightly regulated domestic production would therefore reduce the risk that the greenhouse gas footprint of gas supply is high and would also provide greater control over the level of such emissionsIndependent report for Scottish Government by the Committee on Climate Change, 2016