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    26 Jul 2023

    At Ecotricity, we’re proud that we’ve become the first UK energy supplier to call for a halt on deep sea mining. We’ve signed a business statement calling for a moratorium on deep sea mining activities alongside many other businesses.

    This week is the final week of the International Seabed Authority conference and unsurprisingly but unfortunately, the UK government has been pushing for an agreement to allow deep sea mining to start. This isn’t right. We need to respect our oceans, rather than seeing them as a resource to solve our man-made problems.

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    Paul Sands, Chief Growth Officer, commented:

    “We’re pleased to join the call for a halt on deep sea mining - in a time when all the scientific evidence is telling us to stop oil and gas exploration to limit global warming, it also makes no logical sense to further damage the environment by ploughing ahead mining minerals from the seabed. In the energy industry, we know all too well the strict planning and regulations which go into our projects - but in the depths of the ocean, where so much of its vast expanse is still unexplored and fragile, we must not start extracting anything - and don’t need to.”

    Reacting to Ecotricity’s announcement, Greenpeace UK oceans campaigner Fiona Nicholls, said:

    Ecotricity has taken a significant step by joining calls to halt this dangerous industry, and has become a leading light for other energy companies to follow. In contrast, over the past three weeks we’ve seen exactly where the UK government’s priorities lie when it comes to ocean protection - they’re at rock bottom, in more ways than one.

    If you would like to support a global moratorium on deep sea mining or want to find out more, please click here.

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