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  • Submitted by: Monica Lennon, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour.
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 12 May 2022
  • Motion reference: S6M-04329

That the Parliament considers that the approval of Shell’s proposed Jackdaw gas field in the North Sea would cause significant harm to Scotland, and the world; understands that approval of the Jackdaw field reportedly contradicts recommendations in the 2021 International Energy Agency (IEA) report on achieving net zero targets that there is no need for new oil and gas fields; notes reports that the gas field contains over 58 million barrels of oil equivalent and, if drilling is approved, burning the gas produced would create more than half the annual emissions of the whole of Scotland; understands that the field would not start production until at least 2025 and so would have no impact on the current cost of living crisis; considers that climate change is an existential crisis that needs urgent and radical action; believes that opening the Jackdaw gas field would be at odds with Scotland’s aims of being net zero by 2045 and the global goals of the Paris Agreement; supports calls for the UK Government to reject the plans for the Jackdaw gas field and all new oil and gas field licensing and developments, and urges both the UK and Scottish governments to act faster to reduce demand for fossil fuels, and to prioritise the transition to a low-carbon economy, with a clear industrial plan and consultation with trade unions and workers, particularly from the oil and gas sector, to ensure a just transition for workers and communities across Scotland.

Supported by: Ariane Burgess, Maggie Chapman, Foysol Choudhury, Katy Clark, Richard Leonard, Carol Mochan, Alex Rowley, Mark Ruskell, Paul Sweeney, Mercedes Villalba