United Kingdom (April 27, 2022)– Eight tankers carrying 276 million of Russian oil imports have arrived in Britain since the Kremlin sent troops and tanks into Ukraine, according to new analysis by Greenpeace.
The campaigning group set up an automated tracker of supertankers bringing in Russian fossil fuels, counting 1.9 million barrels of oil imports, most of which was diesel.
The UK government has banned Russian owned or operated ships from docking in UK ports, but ships flying other flags are permitted to import Russian fossil fuels.
Since these oil imports arrived legally, Greenpeace claims the ban on Russian ships is “tokenistic”.
“For peace, for the climate emergency and for the cost of living crisis, it really is imperative that we stop these Russian imports,” campaigner Georgia Whitaker told Sky News.
“Yes, 18% is a lot… Yes, [bringing in the ban] tomorrow night may be quite difficult, but we’re really trying to say that as soon as possible, we need to make sure that we are not funding the Kremlin by bringing in these diesel imports,” said Whitaker.
The British public’s outpouring of support for peace in Ukraine suggests “the public would not want to be unknowingly using Russian diesel in their cars,” she suggested.
Fossil fuel sales account for almost two fifths of the Kremlin’s revenue. The United States has made a similar pledge on Russian oil to the UK, and the EU is still fine-tuning its plan.
Greenpeace says improving energy efficiency and promoting accelerating greener travel plans would also help reduce demand for Russian fossil fuels.
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Source: Sky News wrote the original article.