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The North Sea transition essay collection

Ten essays from leading conservative parliamentarians and thinkers, containing bold and original ideas to support workers and businesses through the UK’s shift away from North Sea oil and gas, and to accelerate the move to clean energy.

The publication provides an authoritative alternative to the left-wing consensus around a ‘just transition’, with its heavy focus on state intervention. CEN’s authors instead make the case for a more market-led approach, with private finance and business supporting North Sea communities to thrive.

The collection, which includes a foreword from the Clean Energy Minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan, puts forward a range of pro-market policies and arguments to equip the oil and gas workforce with the skills to work in clean energy, to protect people’s savings that are invested in oil and gas, and to capture the new global trade and investment opportunities for British workers and businesses from the shift to net zero.


Essay authors​

  • Baroness Altmann CBE: Saving up for the future: how to finance the North Sea Transition to clean energy.

  • Sir Bernard Jenkin MP: A fossil fuel non-proliferation treaty: learning from other forms of international cooperation in the battle against climate change.

  • Maurice Golden MSP: The North Sea and the Union: why staying together is vital for the transition.

  • Laura Sandys CBE: Closing gaps and building bridges: how to migrate the oil and gas sector to low-carbon energy.

  • The Rt Hon Dame Caroline Spelman DBE: Levelling up North Sea communities: learning the lessons from the closure of coal mines in the 70s and 80s.

  • Siobhan Baillie MP: Skilling up: why levelling up and the North Sea Transition needs a net zero workforce.

  • Andrew Bowie MP: Aberdeenshire and the North Sea: reimagining the UK’s oil and gas capital.

  • Simon Clarke MP: Opportunities for Teesside in the North Sea Transition: how industry is leading the way towards a clean energy future.

  • Richard Graham MP: Global Britain and the North Sea: embracing new trading opportunities.

  • Alexander Stafford MP: Blue Wall communities don’t want fracking: the case for a permanent ban.

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