Chapter 5.2.1 Fossil fuels

Join the Beyond Oil and Gas Alliance & support the fossil fuel phase out treaty

The Scottish Government should join the Beyond Oil and Gas Alliance (BOGA), and champion the call for a global Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty.

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BOGA is an international alliance of governments and stakeholders working together to facilitate the managed phase-out of oil and gas production. The alliance aims to elevate the issue of oil and gas production phase-out in international climate dialogues, mobilise action and commitments, and create an international community of practice on this issue. The Scottish Government, having committed to ending ‘maximising economic recovery’ as a policy goal for fossil fuels, should show climate leadership by joining BOGA.

The Paris Agreement does not mention fossil fuels and the COP27 outcome did not mention oil and gas. But in order to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement, international cooperation to explicitly stop the expansion of fossil fuels and manage a global Just Transition away from coal, oil and gas is needed. Just as the world has used treaties to defuse the threats posed by nuclear weapons, landmines and chlorofluorocarbons, today a Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty (FFNPT) to address the threat posed by fossil fuel production is needed. There is a growing international campaign for a FFNPT, with support from a growing number of cities, states, sub states and countries. The Scottish Government could show global climate leadership by adding its voice and championing the Treaty.

This Treaty would potentially be a step change in global emissions reductions and climate justice.

In order to join either of these initiatives the Scottish Government would have to commit to aligned policies in relation to fossil fuels domestically.

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Version 1.0: September 2023

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