Closer integration of the UK’s offshore energy systems could help meet almost two-thirds of the nation's target to become carbon neutral by 2050, according to the findings of a key new report.

A 30% contribution to the UK's "net zero" goal could be achieved primarily by the deployment of carbon capture and storage (CCS) and CCS-with-hydrogen, according to the study, published on Thursday by the Oil & Gas Authority (OGA).

Adding offshore renewables — such as wind, wave and tidal — to the mix, and combined with investments in onshore energy infrastructure, could increase that to 60%.