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Climate advocates demand stronger COP28 language on fossil fuels
The 21-page text, prepared by the COP28 presidency, United Arab Emirates, makes no mention of fossil fuel ‘phasedown’ or ‘phaseout’, which UN Secretary-General António Guterres said earlier on Monday was one of the keys to the conference’s success and which many nations have demanded.
Rather, the draft text called for countries to reduce “consumption and production of fossil fuels, in a just, orderly and equitable manner.”
The United States, European Union countries, and a group of small island developing States joined a chorus of civil society groups denouncing the draft as not going far enough to curb global warming.
This is not the final text though, and negotiations on compromise language are expected to continue all day Tuesday, the scheduled closing day for COP28.
Expect a waiting game as delegates wrangle over a new text that’s more than a list of things countries could do.
Activists and some countries are demanding stronger language that better reflects the true urgency of tackling the climate crisis.
Here’s a look at some of the (largely voluntary) measures that made it into the current draft and what’s out:
What’s in:
1.Tripling global capacity of renewable energy by 2030 [the US and China pledged to work together towards this goal in a deal struck between the world’s two biggest emitters in the run-up to COP28];
2.The rapid phasedown of “unabated coal” and curtailing the number of new licenses;
3.Zero and low emissions technologies, including removal technologies such as carbon capture, and utilization and storage;
4.Climate finance, but with a ‘weak language’; and
5.Targets on adaptation with insufficient financial commitments, or ‘without a work programme’ to measure it.
What’s out:
1.The phaseout of fossil fuels;
2.The words “oil” and “natural gas” do not appear;
3.Strong obligations for rich countries; and
4.Equity in adaptation, needed for equitable support from rich countries

  • Princess

    15 w

    The inclusion of measures like tripling renewable energy capacity and the phasedown of unabated coal is noted, but the absence of a clear commitment to the phaseout of fossil fuels and weak language on climate finance raises concerns

    • Gorffly mokua

      17 w

      All stakeholders should prioritize the reduction of fossil fuel use and support the transition to renewable energy sources!

      • Munene Mugambi

        17 w

        We've all been demanding for a stronger voice on fossil fuel phase out

        • Tabitha Kimani

          17 w

          Fossil fuels phase out should be the top agenda.

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