Essay by Eric Worrall
Perhaps COP28 boss and national oil chief Sultan Al Jaber sees the climate conference as a marketing opportunity for his nation’s fossil fuel products?
Revealed: UAE plans huge oil and gas expansion as it hosts UN climate summit
Exclusive: UAE’s fossil fuel boss will be the president of Cop28, making a mockery of the summit, say campaigners
The United Arab Emirates, which is hosting this year’s UN climate summit, has the third biggest net zero-busting plans for oil and gas expansion in the world, the Guardian can reveal. Its plans are surpassed only by Saudi Arabia and Qatar.
The CEO of the UAE’s national oil company, Adnoc, has been controversially appointed president of the UN’s Cop28 summit in December, which is seen as crucial with time running out to end the climate crisis. But Sultan Al Jaber is overseeing expansion to produce oil and gas equivalent to 7.5bn barrels of oil, according to new data, 90% of which would have to remain in the ground to meet the net zero scenario set out by the International Energy Agency.
Adnoc is the world’s 11th biggest oil and gas producer and delivered more than a billion barrels of oil equivalent (BBOE) in 2021. However, the company has big short-term expansion plans, the new analysis shows, with plans to add 7.6 BBOE to its production portfolio in the coming years – the fifth largest increase in the world.
…Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2023/apr/04/revealed-uae-plans-huge-oil-and-gas-expansion-as-it-hosts-un-climate-summit
Could the upcoming COP28 conference possibly get any funnier? Will delegates be handed a petroleum product price list and a phone number on arrival, so they can place their orders before joining the party?
And it will be a spectacular party. The UAE might be a union of strict Islamic emirates, but the emirates also respect and abide by Islamic traditions of hospitality. Alcohol is only forbidden for Muslims, except in really strict emirates like Sharjah. If their COP28 guests want alcohol and a bit of fun, the Abu Dhabi and Dubai emirates at least will do their best to accommodate them.