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A COP 28 Summary,Is the world ready to commit to a complete fossil fuel phase out ?

The UN climate change conference in Dubai is close to a big breakthrough on reducing the gases heating our planet, its United Arab Emirates hosts believe. Expressing "cautious optimism", the UAE negotiating team believes COP28 is gearing up to commit to phasing down fossil fuels over coming decades. Maybe even ditching them altogether. Hosting a climate conference in a petrostate sounds like the beginning of a bad joke, but there are signs that it could deliver real progress on climate. But bizarre as it may sound, until just a couple of years ago fossil fuels were effectively "f-words" at these huge global gatherings - rarely ever uttered. The first formal debate about their future was at COP26 in Glasgow in 2021 and the only commitment made there was a promise to "phase down" the dirtiest one of the lot, coal. Let's be clear, a pledge now will not mean the world will stop using fossil fuels completely. We are very unlikely to get any commitment on an expiry date, that would be far too controversial. And "abated" fossil fuels will still be allowed. That is when the atmosphere-heating carbon dioxide they emit is captured to stop it causing climate change. But at least the world will have acknowledged what has always been implied by these negotiations - that we need to deal with the main source of climate change. That would be an historic first and an important step forward. A phase-out is in the text under discussion here in Dubai and is what the man in charge of these negotiations - Sultan al-Jaber, the president of COP28 and the head of UAE state oil company Adnoc - says he wants. Much to his annoyance this desire has not been widely reported. That is at least in part because Mr Jaber has been saying it in the kind of bureaucratic language only the most committed COP-heads understand. He says he is the first COP president to encourage "parties to come forward with language on all the fossil fuels for the negotiated text". He explains he is "engaging with all the parties" and wants them to come forward with "common grounds and consensus". Confused? Here's my own crack at a translation: "I've spoken to representatives of all the world's countries and urged them to agree in COP28's final text to phasing out the use of fossil fuels, or at least phasing them down." Mr Jaber has repeatedly promised this summit will "take a new road", do "unprecedented" things and be "transformational". https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-67566443?xtor=AL-72-%5Bpartner%5D-%5Bbbc.news.twitter%5D-%5Bheadline%5D-%5Bnews%5D-%5Bbizdev%5D-%5Bisapi%5D&at_bbc_team=editorial&at_format=link&at_campaign_type=owned&at_medium=social&at_ptr_name=twitter&at_link_id=277E84A8-93DB-11EE-BEBB-40BAE03B214A&at_link_type=web_link&at_campaign=Social_Flow&at_link_origin=BBCWorld

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    • johnte ndeto

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      if candid agreements are met within the involved parties then the outcome will be glorious

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      • walter lungayi

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        It is crucial for the world to commit to a complete fossil fuel phase out in order to address climate change and transition to renewable energy sources.

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        • mercy nduta

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          Starting with Sultan Al Jaber all the way across the board,it's a few who are honest and committed to phase out this hazardous fuels.

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          • Gorffly mokua

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            With what is going on at COP28,having more than 2,000 fossil fuel lobbyists in attendance ,this might not be possible!

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            • George Kariuki

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              The commitment made is a notable step, and extending this commitment to other fossil fuels would represent a significant advancement. But we have to be cautious to ensure no stone is left unturned.

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              • Elizabeth Gathigia

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                With much determination, great efforts and commitments I believe it is very much possible

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                • Grace Njeri

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                  Absolutely feasible if only positive collaborations and commitments are put in place.

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                  • Munene Mugambi

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                    I think it can be done if we're willing to and are committed towards these goals

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                    • Kevin

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                      Indeed cautious optimism but we wild surely phase out the enemy in no time

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                      • rosebellendiritu

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                        @Kevin with commitment and goodwill it's possible.

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                      • Princess

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                        The outcome will depend on collaborative efforts and a shared commitment to sustainable alternatives.

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                        • rosebellendiritu

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                          @princess_nel_268 people need to come together and work together to achieve climate goals

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                          • Princess

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                            @rosebellendiritu absolutely

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