WorldOil Ampelmann secures five new offshore wind contracts in the North Sea Ampelmann has secured five new contracts in offshore wind over the course of a month with Norwegian companies BOA, Volstad, Olympic Shipping, Siem Offshore and DOF. Democrats to demand 100% emissions-free vehicles by 2035 The more than 500-page plan, from the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis convened by Pelosi and chaired by Representative Kathy Castor of Florida, seeks to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 and calls for achieving 100% clean vehicles by 2035, according to people familiar with the details. UK oil and gas group pushes for inclusion in net-zero energy transition OGUK recently set out industry commitments to halve operational emissions in the next decade, with a target of 90 percent reductions by 2040. The sector was one of the first to respond to the Committee on Climate Change report in May last year which called for governments to reach net zero emissions by 2050 in the UK and 2045 in Scotland, with its Roadmap 2035: a blueprint for net zero. Local protests force slowdown in Norwegian wind power plans A government proposal on Friday to slow down the development of onshore wind power comes after increasing local resistance mirrors sentiment in other European countries. Norway already decided to scrap a plan for a new permission framework last year. Weekly Preview Podcast: Are Chesapeake's fortunes the end of an era in U.S. shale? Kurt Abraham and Cameron Wallace discuss a new green energy era beginning in the North Sea as the U.S. shale market transforms, and how slumping rig counts call into question the industry's ability to respond to an increase in oil demand. Scotland dedicates £62 million to leading the net-zero energy transition The investment, with a focus on the North East, underpins the region’s ambitions to become a world leader in the transition to net zero, helping Scotland meet its ambitious targets on climate change. Siemens, Total team up to explore LNG decarbonization strategies Siemens Gas and Power is conducting studies to explore a variety of possible liquefaction and power generation plant designs, with the ultimate goal of decarbonizing the production of LNG. Putin’s anger over environmental damage may drive modern reforms The mishandling of the biggest Arctic oil spill ever infuriated Russian President Vladimir Putin and could be the catalyst for adoption of modern environmental regulations. Scotland’s new $10 billion wind project could appeal to diversifying oil companies Scotland, home to a quarter of Europe’s offshore wind resources, is seeking proposals to install turbines off the coast in a process that may draw more than 8 billion pounds ($10.2 billion) of investment. BP to dismiss 10,000 employees as part of carbon reduction plan BP will let go of 14% of its workforce, CEO Bernard Looney said in an internal note. The move will mostly affect staff in office-based jobs and those holding senior roles, with the top 400 positions expected to be cut by one-third.