Sanctions on Russia
Countries around the world are taking action to reduce their reliance on Russian fossil fuels as a way to sanction Putin for attacking Ukraine.
The UK has declared a ban on the arrival of Russian-flagged and Russian-owned vessels, but Russian fossil fuels are still arriving via ships registered to other countries.
The Andromeda tanker travels under a Greek flag, but is carrying fuels from the Russian port of Primorsk, supplied by the LLC KINEF refinery. The company buying the fuel is energy and commodities trader Vitol.
The Greenpeace tracker makes it possible to see when tanker shipments of fossil fuels are leaving Russia, and when they’re set to arrive in ports in the UK and around the world.
Greenpeace activists have been using the tracker to protest shipments of Russian fossil fuels in the US, Denmark, Sweden, Poland, Belgium, Spain and the Baltic Sea.
The arrival of Russian gas has already encountered strong opposition in the UK. In March a tanker was diverted from Kent after dockers in the Unison trade union refused to unload it.
Soon afterwards Shell had to apologise over its decision to purchase a shipment of Russian crude at a discounted price, later pledging to stop buying oil from the country.
Ending our reliance on fossil fuels
The UK currently relies on Russia for 5% of its gas imports, 8% of oil imports and 18% of its diesel.
Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng pledged to phase out the import of Russian oil by the end of the year. Transport Secretary Grant Schapps has announced a 10-fold expansion in charging points for electric vehicles by 2030, but the AA has warned that action was needed on the lack of charging points in rural areas.
In addition to closing the loophole in government sanctions that allows Russian fossil fuels to continue entering the UK, Greenpeace is also calling for the government to end the UK’s dependence on fossil fuels all together, to meet our climate change obligations under the Paris Agreement, stop the flow of money to Vladamir Putin and also reduce soaring energy bills at the same time.