The Scotsman

BP signs deal with Aberdeen coun­cil to cut cli­mate emis­sions

- By KA­TRINE BUSSEY news­deskts@scots­man.com Business · Climate Change · Ecology · Transportation · Industries · British Petroleum · Houston · United States of America · United Kingdom · Morocco · Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport

Oil firm BP has signed a deal with coun­cil lead­ers in Aberdeen as par t of ef­for ts to cut emis­sions and help it be­come a “cli­mate-pos­i­tive city”.

Aberdeen is only the sec­ond city in the world after Hous­ton in the US to join forces with the en­erg y com­pany in such an ar­range­ment.

As par t of the deal, BP will serve as a plan­ning and tech­ni­cal ad­viser in the de­liver y of the lo­cal au­thor­ity’s en­ergy tran­si­tion strate­gic in­fra­struc­ture plan.

The com­pany and the lo­cal a u t h o r i t y wi l l a l s o ex p l o r e op­por­tu­ni­ties for us­ing hy­dro­gen power for trans­port and heat­ing, while work will take place to in­crease the fuel ef­fi­ciency of the coun­cil’s fleets of ve­hi­cles.

Par tner­ing with coun­tries, cities and in­dus­tries to help t h e m r e d u c e e mi s s i o n s o n the path to net-zero is part of

BP’S new strat­egy, in­tro­duced last month.

Wil­liam Lin, BP ex­ec­u­tive vice-pres­i­dent for re­gions, cities and so­lu­tions, said: “Over the next decade we ex­pect to part­ner with 10 to 15 cities glob­ally to pro­vide in­no­va­tive, in­te­grated and de­car­bonised en­erg y so­lu­tions at scale to help achieve their goals of net zero emis­sions.

“We are priv­i­leged to be the part­ner for cit y of Aberdeen on its jour­ney to achiev­ing its car­bon re­duc­tion am­bi­tion.”

He a d d e d : “A b e r d e e n i s a lead­ing en­ergy city in the UK and the world, with whom we share a long his­tory.

“We are com­mit­ted to bring­ing our ca­pa­bil­i­ties in in­te­grat­ing and de­vel­op­ing en­ergy sys­tems cou­pled with the cit y’s lo­cal knowl­edge and in­sights to make a sus­tain­able im­pact for the cit­i­zens of Aberdeen and the sur­round­ing re­gion.”

C o u n c i l c o - l e a d e r Je n n y Laing said the lo­cal au­thor­ity is “de­lighted” to be work­ing with BP on “the next phase of Aberdeen’s drive to sup­por t lo cal, na­tional and in­ter­na­tional cli­mate change tar­gets”.

She said: “The coun­cil and BP have the same goals in re­duc­ing our car­bon foot­print and work­ing with BP pro­vides a ma­jor op­por­tu­nity for Aberdeen to progress our plans.

“Our op­er­a­tions in­clude ar­eas such as trans­port, district heat­ing, build­ings and waste, while BP is a world leader in en­erg y and has a sig­nif­i­cant in­no­va­tion and R&D base for us to draw on and learn from.”

B u t S c o t t i s h Gr e e n s e nv i - r o n me n t s p o ke s ma n Ma r k Ruskell MSP said: “It’s conc e r n i n g t h a t a c o r p o r a t i o n that has made such a mas­sive con­tri­bu­tion to caus­ing the cli­mate emer­gency should be put in charge of tack­ling it.

“T h e p e o p l e o f A b e r d e e n deser ve to see b old cli­mate ac­tion; this won’t be achieved by cosy­ing up to BP.”

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