Community, the trade union for the steel, iron and manufacturing industries in the UK, has signed a memorandum of understanding with UK Onshore Oil and Gas (UKOOG), the country’s representative body for the sector, to support sourcing more home-grown oil and gas resources.
Both organisations agree that more needs to be done to secure the UK’s energy supply and reduce reliance on imported gas.
UKOOG chief executive Ken Cronin explained that the country currently imports 50% of its required gas, with this expected to increase to 75% over the next 15 years.
He also pointed out that there are serious environmental impacts associated with transporting gas by tanker around the world.
Roy Rickhuss, general secretary of Community, said the development of this sector could “support thousands of jobs through its supply chain, including in the steel industry, as long as it is part of a joined-up industrial strategy for the UK”.
UKOOG and Community also hope that working more closely together will help the UK move towards a low-carbon future.
The UK is currently battling to stay on track in meeting its target of meeting 15% of its energy needs from renewable sources.
In September, the Energy and Climate Change Committee warned that while the country is on track to exceed its target for electricity, it is falling short on its other key aims for heat and transport.
The committee stated that the government needs to make “major policy changes” if it is to stand a chance of delivering 12% of the country’s heat and 10% of its transport through renewable sources.
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