first_imgBP rejects ‘greenwashing’ claim, says it is ‘committed’ to a low-carbon futureClientEarth cites BP’s latest financial data in the complaint, in which the company projects annual capital expenditure of $15bn to $17bn – of which $500m is earmarked for low-carbon investments, around 4% of the total.The lawyers argue that because the remaining 96% of BP’s annual budget is designated for its core oil and gas business, promoting its green credentials across multimedia platforms is not in line with OECD guidelines governing fair representation.They also argue specifically with BP’s claim that natural gas will be an integral part of future energy security, given the availability and development of other renewable sources that do not cause carbon dioxide emissions.A BP spokesperson said: “We have not seen this complaint, but we strongly reject the suggestion that our advertising is misleading.“We have clearly said that the world is on an unsustainable path and must do more to reduce emissions, and we support a rapid transition of the world’s energy system.“BP is, of course, well-known as a major oil and gas producer. We are also committed to advancing a low-carbon future.“One of the purposes of this advertising campaign is to let people know about some of the possibilities we see to do that — for example in wind, solar and electric vehicle charging, as well as in natural gas and advanced fuels.”The oil major’s boss Bob Dudley — who will be replaced by Bernard Looney in February — recently bemoaned the opposition of environmentalist groups to natural gas as a “transition fuel” in the move towards a low-carbon future, saying that to exclude natural gas from the energy mix would be a “huge and unnecessary risk”. Lawyers want climate warnings on future fossil fuel advertsClientEarth also identifies similar high-profile advertising campaigns from oil majors ExxonMobil and Royal Dutch Shell — and hopes a favourable ruling against BP will trigger a change in the way fossil fuel producers can present themselves.This includes mandatory climate warnings on future adverts, similar to the health warnings which now accompany all tobacco products.Marjanac added: “In the past, tobacco companies were able to mislead the public about the safety of their products.“We see real parallels with fossil fuel companies and the tobacco industry, which knew about the risks its products posed but used misleading marketing campaigns to sell them regardless.”BP has faced a backlash from environmental campaigners in recent months over its sponsorship of various cultural initiatives and organisations — including museums and academic institutions.In October, the Royal Shakespeare Company pulled the plug on a long-standing partnership with the oil firm over the “strength of feeling” from its members against its association with the fossil fuel industry. BP has ended its membership with three US trade associations over climate differences (Credit: Mike Mozart/Flickr) Lawyers in the UK have filed a complaint against BP over claims of “greenwashing” in its most recent advertising campaign.Environment-focused legal charity ClientEarth claims the UK oil giant is “misleading” customers over its focus on climate change and low-carbon energy in the multimillion-pound Keep Advancing and Possibilities Everywhere marketing drive.The series of adverts, which launched in early 2019, have appeared across television, newspapers and billboards in the UK, US and Europe — as well as online.Lawyers contend that BP’s adverts create a false impression about the extent to which the company’s business strategy and investments are focused on low-carbon and renewable energy commitments.An official complaints procedure has been triggered with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), in which ClientEarth has also called for “tobacco-style” health warnings about environmental dangers on all future fossil fuel advertising.ClientEarth climate lawyer Sophie Marjanac said: “BP is spending millions on an advertising campaign to give the impression that it’s racing to renewables, that its gas is cleaner, and that it is part of the climate solution.“This is a smokescreen. While BP’s advertising focuses on clean energy, in reality, more than 96% of the company’s annual capital expenditure is on oil and gas.“According to its own figures, BP is spending less than £4 in every hundred on low-carbon investments each year. The rest is fuelling the climate crisis.”center_img Environmental legal charity ClientEarth claims BP has misled customers through ‘greenwashing’ — and has called for future fossil fuel adverts to carry ‘tobacco-style’ climate warningslast_img read more

first_imgOxford was shortlisted for the European Capital of Innovation Award, competing against cities such as Paris and Berlin for the prize set up by the European Commission “to acknowledge the role of cities as places of systemic innovation, with a capacity to connect people, places, public and private actors.”At the prize-giving ceremony on April 8, Amsterdam took the €950,000 top prize and pride for being the European Capital of Innovation 2016, with Paris coming second and Turin third. Oxford could console itself with being praised for “its vision to openly share the wealth of knowledge within its world-class innovation ecosystem” despite being the smallest of the nine cities shortlisted from an initial field of 36.Oxford’s bid to be this year’s European Capital of Innovation was staged by a board comprising a diverse range of organisations. These included the city’s two universities, Oxford City and Oxfordshire County Council, the Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership and Venturefest Oxford. The Oxford Hub and the Low Carbon Hub also participated.“Innovation is a key priority for the University of Oxford,” Oxford pro-vice Chancellor for research Professor Ian Walmsley said in the university’s release on the matter, “from the creation of spinout companies based on our cutting-edge research to collaborations with business and industry that have a real impact on people’s lives.“Oxford has a complex and thriving innovation ecosystem where technologies and people converge to develop new, innovative solutions to global challenges,” Professor Ian Walmsley adds. “The University of Oxford plays an important part in this, alongside other local institutions, researchers, entrepreneurs, investors and citizens. Oxford’s shortlisting in this year’s iCapital competition will undoubtedly strengthen these partnerships across the city.”Lynn Shepherd, vice-chair of Venturefest Oxford stated “although Oxford was the smallest city on the shortlist we certainly punched above our weight.  The breadth of innovation across the City was particularly impressive.“Venturefest Oxford was asked to participate in the bid because of its position as the premier networking platform for entrepreneurs and small businesses in the high tech sector. Oxford has a rich heritage of entrepreneurism starting with Oxford Instruments in 1959 (development of the first MRI) and latterly Oxitech (currently involved with tackling the Zika virus).  Innovative thinking is part of brand Oxford and a vital thread in the growth and economic prosperity of the county.  Venturefest is very proud to be part of this vibrant innovation eco-system and I was pleased that this position was acknowledged in the bid.” According to Lynn Shepherd, the future looks encouraging as “even though we were unsuccessful this time, it has given us a blueprint on how to move forward more collaboratively. Oxford will re-bid in 2018 and this gives us a great foundation to improve on the bid.”Dr Caroline Bucklow from the University of Oxford’s Knowledge Exchange and Impact Team told Cherwell, “the University is becoming a lot more embedded in a whole range of innovation support networks and collaborating a lot more with Oxford Brookes, supplementing each other’s strengths.“For instance, the two universities have a partnership to coordinate activity where university research strength can help support industry in Oxford.” Similarly to Venturefest Oxford’s vice-chair, Dr Caroline Bucklow was optimistic, saying “one of the things which grew out of getting the nomination was that it allowed us to have a look at what’s going on in Oxford and brings together all the information in one place – it will now be much easy for people to get an idea of the whole innovation network. A future bid for the European Capital of Innovation will be easier and people are already working on a bid for the Smart Cities Expo.”last_img read more