Emergency protests are set to take place after the Rosebank North Sea oil and gas project was given the go-ahead by regulators.
Located off the coast of the Shetland Islands, the oil field contains 500 million barrels of oil and could produce 200 million tonnes of CO2.
The move comes as Rishi Sunak said in his net-zero U-turn that a ban on new North Sea oil and gas “would simply leave us reliant on expensive, imported energy from foreign dictators like Putin”, while Keir Starmer has said he would not revoke newly-granted licenses.
Campaign group Fossil Free London called an emergency protest, adding to a series of rallies that have taken place against the project, including one in June attended by Greta Thunberg.
“Now all Rishi Sunak’s anti-net zero posturing makes sense. Approving Rosebank is a sickening failure,” said Joanna Warrington of Fossil Free London.
“He, and this government, have failed us by refusing to take the era of global boiling with the grave seriousness it deserves; and failing to take much needed action towards energy security and fighting unpayable energy bills.