OPINION: The UK North Sea oil and gas industry is arguably experiencing its most sustained period of external scrutiny and pressure than at any point in its history, with the exception, probably, of the aftermath of the Piper Alpha disaster in 1988.

The reason is rapidly intensifying public fear about climate change and the role that the burning of fossil fuels is playing in heating the planet.

Such worries have been brought into even greater focus in the UK in the run-up to the UN’s COP26 climate summit, which is due to take place in Glasgow in November.