Denmark to End Oil, Gas Extraction in North Sea

Denmark has planned to stop all gas and oil offshore activities in the North Sea by 2050 and they have canceled its latest licensing round to prioritize “putting an end to the fossil fuel era.”

Denmark has planned to stop all gas and oil offshore activities in the North Sea by 2050 and they have canceled its latest licensing round to prioritize “putting an end to the fossil fuel era.”

According to the government of Denmark, they have estimated to pump over 100,000 barrels of crude oil and oil equivalents a day.

Despite it being relatively little in a global context, environmental activists nevertheless said that the move was important as it has showed the way forward in the battle against climate change.

“This is a huge victory for the climate movement,”  Helene Hagel of Greenpeace Denmark said. 

She added that Denmark has “a moral obligation to end the search for new oil to send a clear signal that the world can and must act to meet the Paris Agreement and mitigate the climate crisis.”

In June, an independent body that advises the government, the Danish Council on Climate Change, has suggested ending any future exploration in the North Sea because it could potentially damage the country’s ambitions as a front-runner on fighting climate change.


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