Sharp jump in fossil fuel delegates at UN climate talks

Sharp jump in fossil fuel delegates at UN climate talks

Sharp jump in fossil fuel delegates at UN climate talks

The sharp increase in the number of participants at COP27, linked to the world’s biggest polluting oil and gas giants, is believed to reflect the growing influence of the fossil fuel industry in shaping the debate.

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SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt — More than 600 delegates from the fossil fuel industry have registered to attend the COP27 climate talks in Egypt, it said. analysis from campaign groups, reflecting an increase of over 25% over last year.

A sharp increase in the number of attendees at a flagship UN climate conference linked to the world’s biggest polluting oil and gas giants is believed to reflect the fossil fuel industry’s increasing influence in shaping the debate.

Campaigners described the revelations as a “perverted joke” and said it appeared to set the stage for COP27 to be “a festival of fossil fuels and their polluting friends, boosted by recent bumper profits“.

A spokesperson for Egypt’s COP presidency was not immediately available to comment on the report’s findings.

Some 35,000 delegates from nearly 200 countries are expected to gather in the Red Sea resort city of Sharm el-Sheikh to discuss collective action to tackle the climate emergency.

An analysis by campaign groups Corporate Accountability, Corporate Europe Observatory and Global Witness of a preliminary list of UN-designated participants found that 636 fossil fuel lobbyists had registered to participate in the talks.

That reflects an increase of more than 100 since last year’s talks in Glasgow, Scotland.

That means more fossil fuel lobbyists are represented at the two-week summit than any country except the United Arab Emirates, which has 1,070 registered delegates, up from 176 last year.

Sharp jump in fossil fuel delegates at UN climate talks

The data also showed that more delegates from the fossil fuel industry are expected to attend COP27 than any national delegation on the African continent, despite the negotiations being billed as the “African COP”.

The researchers looked at a preliminary list of UN named participants to count the number of individuals registered with or acting on behalf of the fossil fuel industry or directly associated with oil and gas companies, such as: BP:, Shell: and: Chevron.

The “extraordinary presence” of the fossil fuel industry.

“To prevent climate catastrophe at the end of time, major negotiations like COP27 must take concrete steps to stop the toxic practices of the fossil fuel industry, which is causing more climate damage than any other industry,” said a spokesperson for the groups.

“The extraordinary presence of this industry’s lobbyists at these negotiations is therefore a twisted joke at the expense of both people and the planet,” they added.

Of course, the burning of fossil fuels such as coal, oil and gas is a major driver of the climate crisis.

A series of major UN reports released in recent weeks has given a grim assessment of how close the planet is to irreversible climate collapse, warning that there is no “credible path” to limit global warming to the critical temperature threshold of 1.5 degrees Celsius.

“Much has been made of the so-called African COP, but how are you going to address the dire climate impacts on the continent when the fossil fuel delegation is larger than that of any African country?” said Philip Jackpor of Corporate Accountability and Public Participation Africa.

“More than 450 organizations around the world are calling on the governments of the world to do what they should have done from day one,” Yakpor said in a statement. “It’s time to kick out the Big Polluters.”



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