Eight Russian oil tankers worth £220 million have arrived in the UK since the Kremlin sent troops and tanks to Ukraine, according to a new analysis by Greenpeace, according to a new analysis by Greenpeace.
The advocacy group has set up an automated tracking tool for Russian fossil fuel supertankers, counting 1.9 million barrels of imported oil, most of which is diesel.
The UK government has banned Russian-owned or operated ships from docking at UK ports, but other flagged ships are allowed to import Russian fossil fuels.
Since these oil imports arrive legally, Greenpeace declared the ban on Russian ships a “tokenistic”.
Campaigner Georgia Whitaker told Sky News: “For the sake of peace, because of the climate emergency, and because of the cost of living crisis, it’s really imperative that we stop these Russian imports.” .
Russia supplies 18 percent of the UK’s diesel, which is used mainly in cars and heavy transport, as well as agricultural and fishing vehicles.
The UK has pledged to phase out Russian oil by the end of the year in an effort to “[choke] turn off a valuable source of income” for Moscow.
A government spokesman said the UK had “no problem” with oil supplies. The year-end deadline is designed to allow time for supply chain adjustments and minimize disruption. The UK also gets its diesel from the Netherlands, Saudi Arabia and the US as well as domestically, and has been working with other oil-producing countries to get their supplies flowing instead of Russia.
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Greenpeace’s analysis illustrates the scale of Russia’s oil displacement challenge, as well as how much money could reach Moscow until the ban goes into effect.
“Yes, 18% is a lot… Yes, [bringing in the ban] Tomorrow night could be pretty tough, but we’re really trying to say that as soon as possible, we need to make sure we’re not funding the Kremlin by importing this diesel,” Mr Whitaker said.
She suggested that the British public in favor of peace in Ukraine showed that “the public would not want to accidentally use Russian diesel engines in their cars”.
Fossil fuel sales account for nearly two-fifths of the Kremlin’s revenue. The United States has made a similar commitment on Russian oil to Britain, and the EU is still adjusting its plan.
Greenpeace says improving energy efficiency and promoting greener tourism plans will also help reduce Russia’s demand for fossil fuels.
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