COP28 scandal unveiled! UAE exposes controversial fossil fuel agreements.
The United Arab Emirates has been seeking to leverage its role as the host of the United Nations Climate Summit, scheduled to take place in Dubai at the end of the month, to secure agreements in the oil and gas sector, according to the BBC.
Documents examined by the British broadcaster reveal the intention to discuss fossil fuel agreements with 15 nations.
A spokesperson for the United Arab Emirates did not deny the use of COP28 meetings for business talks, stating that “the meetings are private.” They refused to comment on the details of the discussions, stating that their focus has been on “meaningful climate action.”
The documents, obtained by independent journalists from the Centre for Climate Reporting in collaboration with the BBC, were prepared by the UAE COP28 team for meetings with at least 27 foreign governments ahead of the COP28 summit, scheduled for November 30.
Plans by the Emirati oil company
The documents include proposed “discussion points,” such as the one for China, which states that Adnoc, the state-owned oil company of the United Arab Emirates, whose CEO Sultan al-Jaber is also the President of COP28, is “willing to jointly explore international opportunities in liquefied natural gas (LNG)” in Mozambique, Canada, and Australia.
The documents call for informing a Colombian minister that Adnoc is “ready” to support Colombia in the development of its fossil fuel resources.
There are talking points for 13 other countries, including Germany and Egypt, suggesting that Adnoc wants to collaborate with their governments on fossil fuel projects.
The Brazilian Environment Minister was asked to help “ensure alignment and approval” of Adnoc’s bid for Latin America’s largest oil and gas processing company, Braskem. Earlier this month, Adnoc submitted a $2.1 billion offer to acquire a key stake in the company. To Germany, Adnoc would declare, “We are ready to continue our LNG supplies.”
“No conflict between natural resource development and climate commitment”
Adnoc reportedly informed oil-producing nations Saudi Arabia and Venezuela that “there is no conflict between sustainable development of a country’s natural resources and its commitment to climate change.”
The BBC has seen an email exchange in which COP28 staff members are told that Adnoc and Masdar’s discussion points “must always be included” in briefing notes. The COP28 team stated that it is “simply untrue” that staff members were informed of this.
The revelations about the United Arab Emirates’ efforts to intertwine business discussions with climate talks at COP28 raise concerns about transparency and the balance between economic interests and environmental commitments. The undisclosed nature of these negotiations prompts scrutiny into the alignment of private agendas with the overarching goals of global climate initiatives. As the COP28 summit approaches, it underscores the importance of fostering open dialogue and ensuring that environmental priorities remain at the forefront of international collaborations.