Boris Johnson orders Foreign Office to bin plastics

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) is to eliminate single-use plastics from its UK operations by the end of 2018. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has also pledged to do the same from its global operations by 2020, making it the first UK Government department to announce such a ban. The FCO, in recent weeks, has […]

Attack on BP Algeria site ‘kidnaps eight’

British energy giant BP’s gas field in Algeria is the focus of an “ongoing” terrorist attack, the Foreign Office confirmed today. Reports suggest eight people were kidnapped in the attack on the field located on the Algerian border with Libya in the early hours this morning, although this is unconfirmed. The Amenas gas field is […]

Argentina threatens UK oil firms with legal action on Falklands

The UK Government has hit back after Argentina’s Foreign Minister threatened British oil exploration firms working in the Falklands with legal action. Yesterday Argentina’s Foreign Minister Hector Timmerman reportedly said “the resources of the South Atlantic are the property of all the Argentines” and claimed oil development in the Falklands was “illegal”. The comments follow […]

Foreign Office: Middle East vital link for future energy

Despite the many new forms of energy being invested in, the Middle East remains vital to the globe’s energy security as oil and gas output will need to increase. This was the message from the Foreign Office yesterday. Speaking at a World Affairs Council luncheon at the Federal Reserve Bank in Houston foreign Office Minister […]

EU bans Iranian oil imports

European governments today agreed to introduce a ban on all new contracts to import Iranian crude oil, as Tehran refuses to budge on its controversial nuclear programme. Foreign Secretary William Hague said the decision demonstrated the EU’s growing concern about Iran’s nuclear programme: “It is action made necessary by Iran’s defiance of six UN Security […]

Developing countries must turn their back on oil, says Lord Howell

Developing countries need to turn their back on oil, says Lord Howell. Addressing a business audience at the Commonwealth Power Summit 2011 today, Foreign Office Minister Lord Howell said developing nations must be encouraged to adopt cleaner forms of energy production. “Removing fossil fuel subsidies is a sensitive issue. However, not removing them will have […]