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U.K. Government Says Oil and Gas Fields Align With Net-Zero Plans

  • Greg Hands says projects already factored in to carbon budgets
  • Telegraph reported six developments expected to be approved

Half a dozen oil and gas field developments awaiting regulatory approval have already been factored into the U.K.’s long-term plans for carbon neutrality, the minister responsible for the sector said.

Energy Minister Greg Hands faced questions in parliament on Wednesday after a Daily Telegraph report earlier in the week said the developments would receive government approval this year. “These are not new fields,” he said. “That has already been taken into account for example, into our net zero strategy and also for our carbon budgets.”