Climate change think tank E3G has urged the government to join the Beyond Oil and Gas Alliance (BOGA) launched today at COP26 and scrap the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA).
The BOGA was launched today at the global climate summit by a group of countries including Denmark and Costa Rica.
E3G calls on the government to replace OGA with a Clean Energy Authority that will be responsible for the development of the renewables potential and deliver a phase-down of the oil and gas industry.
A government spokesperson said: “No other significant oil and gas producing nation has gone as far as the UK in supporting sector’s gradual transition to a low carbon future, as demonstrated by our North Sea Transition Deal.
“While the UK’s reliance on fossil fuels continues to fall, there will continue to be ongoing but diminishing need for oil and gas over the coming years while we ramp up renewable energy capacity, as recognised by the independent Climate Change Committee.
“The UK will continue to work with international partners on supporting the transition away from fossil fuels towards clean energy so we can create jobs, build new industries and drive economic growth.”