There is universal condemnation today on the breaking news that the United Arab Emirates has appointed a veteran oil industry insider to preside over the upcoming UN climate talks that will happen later this year in Dubai. “By appointing an oil sultan as COP28 President, the UAE takes the prize for global trust breaker in a climate crisis.”
UAE announces head of national oil company to lead COP28 climate talks, endangering climate goals civil society warns
Today, the United Arab Emirates launched its COP28 presidency and placed the chief of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) at the head of this year’s climate talks, amid deep civil society apprehension of this major conflict of interest.
Hundreds of Groups Blast Manchin Ploy to Include Dirty Deal in Defense Authorization Bill
Over 750 organizations sent a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Congressional leadership opposing the “cruel and direct attack on environmental justice communities” represented by Manchin’s dirty pipeline deal.
Oil Change International experts respond to COP27: Lack of progress on fossil fuels mars key steps on loss and damage
Despite important progress on establishing a loss and damage fund, COP27 failed to acknowledge the need for a rapid and equitable phase-out of oil, gas, and coal.
Civil Society calls on COP leaders to include unequivical fossil fuel phase-out in final declaration
We are in the business end of the COP27 negotiations, as delegates haggle over the final declaration. As I write the news from Sharm el-Sheikh regarding the all important text is deeply concerning and comprehensively flawed.
COP27 attendees say countries must keep their ‘Stop Funding Fossils’ promise, or lose credibility
At COP27, with just a month to go until the deadline, attendees called on countries to keep their Glasgow Statement pledge to stop public finance for fossil fuels.
Civil society reacts to announcements from the Beyond Oil and Gas Alliance at COP27
Today, the Beyond Oil and Gas Alliance, a diplomatic initiative of countries and subnational actors that have committed to phasing out oil and gas production in line with the objectives of the Paris Agreement, announced new supporters and an initial USD 10 million funding facility to help countries plan for a just transition.
New briefing: Oil and gas industry on brink of major surge in expansion – new drilling plans approved through 2025 could exhaust 17% of the global carbon budget for 1.5°C
The new briefing, titled ”Investing in Disaster”, exposes the countries and companies that have approved the most new oil and gas extraction in 2022, and that could be responsible for major expansion through 2025.
Investing in Disaster: Recent and Anticipated Final Investment Decisions for New Oil And Gas Production Beyond the 1.5°C Limit
The briefing reveals that new oil and gas production approved to date in 2022 and at risk of approval over the next three years could cumulatively lock in 70 billion tonnes (Gt) of new carbon pollution. This is equivalent to almost two years’ worth of global carbon emissions from energy at current levels, 17 percent of the world’s remaining 1.5°C carbon budget, or the lifecycle emissions of 468 coal power plants.
COP27: Civil Society says “Don’t Gas Africa” and calls for an end of colonial fossil fuel extraction
At a series of events today at the COP27 climate talks, speaker after speaker warned against the Dash for Gas in Africa. One speaker, Mohamed Adow, from PowerShiftAfrica, said: “Africa sits at a crossroads & there is a fight to decide its energy & development future playing out at #COP27. A cabal of fossil fuel companies supported by foreign nations are trying to push Africa into a fossil fuel led development future. We say to them Don’t Gas Africa.”