ExxonMobil fined €3.3m for Scottish emissions

US oil giant ExxonMobil was fined €3,296,600 for incorrectly reporting its emissions by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) last year. ExxonMobil Chemical Ltd was fined after it told SEPA […]

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By Vicky Ellis

US oil giant ExxonMobil was fined €3,296,600 for incorrectly reporting its emissions by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) last year.

ExxonMobil Chemical Ltd was fined after it told SEPA it had identified sources of CO2 emissions it did not include in its annual reportable emissions for 2008 at its Fife Ethylene Plant (FEP).

The civil penalty was revealed by SEPA in its latest enforcement report.

Under the EU Emissions Trading Scheme, energy users are given a penalty of €100 per tonne for excess emissions.

ExxonMobil said in a statement: “We have now fully reviewed and improved our verification procedures to address the issues we identified. This inaccuracy was identified by ExxonMobil’s internal systems and represented some 4.7% of the site total.

“The root cause of the under-reporting at FEP was incorrect mapping of routings within facilities.”