Supporting Net-Zero

What we will do

Target 2050

We will be on track to being a net-zero oil and gas basin by 2050

Low carbon solutions

We will support development of Carbon Capture Usage and Storage and other low-carbon technologies, at scale

Diverse energy system

Our industry will underpin an increasingly diversified energy system

Supporting Net-Zero

Key actions

  • Ensure that the oil and gas industry has a critical role in the wider UK energy system
  • Monitor progress in operational emissions reduction through development of consistent carbon metrics and benchmarks
  • Be on track to reduce emissions from 14 million tonnes CO2e to 0.5 million tonnes of CO2e from offshore oil and gas production by 2050 to become a net-zero greenhouse gas basin
  • Facilitate discussion between operators, regulators, government and other key stakeholders to create a plan for carbon reduction and avoidance in the near term, including developing specific targets
  • Support World Bank Zero Routine Flaring by 2030 initiative
  • Develop post-Brexit carbon trading mechanism in the UK
  • Support the development of CCUS and hydrogen projects
  • Assist the development of commercial business models for CCUS and Hydrogen and help deliver CCUS, Hydrogen and area electrification projects at scale
  • Promote application of our skills, capabilities, assets and knowledge in support of delivery of low carbon production and carbon capture, usage and storage
  • Clarify policy ownership and regulations of CCUS and Hydrogen, including appropriate policy changes to reflect re-purposing of assets for the wider energy transition agenda
  • Clarify interactions with midstream and downstream markets with respect to CCUS and hydrogen
  • Assess the potential for alternative offshore power generation and approaches to deliver low-carbon production e.g. electrification and the use of renewables
  • Communicate increasing investments the oil and gas industry are making in alternative energies
  • Support the development of UK energy policy required to meet the net-zero ambition and ensure a well-defined role for regulatory bodies
  • Streamline policy framework to ensure multi-energy use of UKCS license blocks

Drax - Equinor

Case study

In 2019, Drax Group, Equinor and National Grid Ventures signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) committing to work together to explore how a large-scale CCUS network and a hydrogen production facility could be constructed in the Humber by the mid-2020s.

The partnership could lead to the Humber becoming the world’s first net-zero carbon region and home to a new world-leading hydrogen economy.

The three companies will work together to:

  • Explore the opportunity to scale-up the innovative bioenergy carbon capture and storage (BECCS) pilot project at the Drax Power Station in order to create the world’s first carbon-negative power station in the 2020s.
  • Explore the potential development of a large-scale hydrogen demonstrator within the Drax site by as early as the mid-2020s, in line with the CCC’s recommendation that hydrogen should be produced at scale in at least one industrial cluster by 2030.
  • Explore the strategic opportunities in developing a cutting-edge hydrogen economy in the region.


Case study

BP’s ETAP latest project has reduced CO2 emissions by 11,000 tonnes per year

A project to connect BP’s ETAP produced water reinjection system and bypass the asset’s seawater injection pumps has reduced CO2 emissions by 11,000 tonnes per year.

When oil and gas is produced, water found in the reservoir is also brought to surface. This produced water can often be treated before being released back into the sea and is also often pumped into a reservoir to increase the pressure as a method of enhanced recovery, as it results in increased flows of hydrocarbons towards producing wells.

The ETAP production facility originally provided seawater injection to two of its fields, Mungo and Machar. When water injection to Machar stopped in February 2018, only Mungo was injecting seawater, leading to issues operating the large, fixed-speed water injection pumps and resulting in the dumping of treated water into the sea.

“No longer using the seawater injection pumps reduced the electrical load on ETAP by around 5 megawatt”

Re-routing ETAP’s produced water to be injected into the Mungo field has helped remove a bottleneck in ETAP’s produced water system. By connecting the produced water reinjection system to the injection wells, the seawater injection pumps could be bypassed. No longer using the seawater injection pumps reduced the electrical load on ETAP by around 5 megawatts, reducing CO2 emissions by 11,000 tonnes per year.

This is equivalent to 25 per cent of the BP North Sea Sustainable Emissions Reduction target for 2019.


Case study

Hear all about Neptunes latest pioneering project

Neptune Energy today announced it has been formally selected to participate in a pioneering pilot project to create the first offshore hydrogen plant in the Dutch sector of the North Sea. The pilot was commissioned by NexStep, the Dutch Association for Decommissioning and Re-Use, and TNO, the Netherlands Organisation for applied scientific research in close collaboration with the industry.

A megawatt electrolyser will be placed within a sea container and installed on Neptune’s Q13a platform, located near the Dutch coast, 13 kilometres from Scheveningen. The platform is well-suited for the ground-breaking project; as the first fully electrified offshore oil platform in the Dutch North Sea, it saves approximately 16.5 kilotonnes of CO2 per year.

The hydrogen produced by the electrolyser on the Q13a platform will be transported via an existing pipeline to an offshore structure where it will be used to generate electricity.

“This pilot demonstrates the valuable role gas has to play in the integration of various energy systems, and underlines our commitment to adopting innovative technologies and supporting a sustainable future for our business. The North Sea, where both wind and natural gas are abundantly available, is the perfect testing ground and we are proud that our Q13a platform has been selected. The platform was the first in the Netherlands to be fully electrified, making it an excellent fit for this important pilot.” said, Neptune Energy’s managing director for the Netherlands, Lex de Groot

The pilot – due to begin production later in 2020 – will provide the participants with the opportunity to develop their experience of producing hydrogen in an offshore environment, and will create a testing ground for innovative technologies and integrated systems.