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Beyond Oil and Gas Alliance (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, mobilize action and commitments, and create an international community of practice on this issue. Quebec is a member but Canada is not.

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The BOGA Declaration was launched at the COP26 summit in Glasgow in November of 2021. It makes clear that “avoiding dangerous levels of climate change and delivering on the Paris Agreement require a dramatic shift in the way that we provide and use energy…the world needs a global energy system transformation that is unparalleled in its speed and scope to achieve a net zero target by 2050.”

This was reinforced in April by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres:

“Investing in new fossil fuels infrastructure is moral and economic madness.”

Just days after, the Canadian government approved the Bay du Nord oil project which is projected to produce 73 million barrels of oil per year.

The case for moving beyond oil and gas has never been clearer. And now in the face of the energy crisis caused largely by the Russian invasion of Ukraine, BOGA is amplifying its call for a managed phase-out of oil and gas production.

BOGA Press Release excerpts

The BOGA statement follows an urgent call from United Nations Secretary General
António Guterres to “end our global addiction to fossil fuels,” citing renewable energy sources as “the only credible path” to energy security.

Ahead of the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27), hosted by Egypt in November, the Alliance is urging more governments to join them, in showing global leadership on the phase-out of oil and gas production, and in supporting developing countries in their transitions beyond oil and gas. (The full statement is available here.)

(BOGA members include France, Greenland, Ireland, Quebec, Sweden, Wales, New
Zealand, Portugal, and California. Italy, Finland, and Luxembourg are Friends of BOGA.)

(This post is largely sourced from the Beyond Oil and Gas Alliance website, tweets, statements and press release.)

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