A ‘real embargo’
Pressure has been mounting on countries to reduce their reliance on Russian fossil fuels as a way to sanction Putin for attacking Ukraine.
Last weekend, Putin’s former chief economic adviser said that a ‘real embargo’ on oil and gas exports from Russia could stop the war in Ukraine.
The UK has declared a ban on the arrival of Russian flagged and Russian owned vessels, but Greenpeace has described current sanctions as ‘tokenistic’ as the UK is still importing Russian oil and gas via ships registered to other countries.
Russian fossil fuels
Russian fossil fuel exports make up 60% the country’s exports and 40% of the Kremlin’s federal reserves. By continuing to import fossil fuel from Russia, the UK government is funding the war in Ukraine.
The Seavictory tanker travels under a Maltese flag, but is carrying fuels from the Russian port of Tuapse. The oil it is carrying is thought to be destined for the Lindsay oil refinery, owned by The Prax Group.
Greenpeace tanker tracker
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.
There have been over 20 Greenpeace actions against Russian fossil fuel shipments since the war began across Europe and the US.
Ending UK fossil fuels
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.
Reducing the UK’s dependency on oil and gas by wasting less energy and rolling out a nationwide programme to insulate homes, switch to low-carbon heating and scale up renewable energy production is the only way to stop the flow of money to Vladamir Putin, reduce soaring energy bills and meet our legally binding targets to cut emissions and tackle climate change.