Essay by Eric Worrall
“… There will also be no requirement to say who’s financing the trip to the COP. …”
Climate change: UN to unmask fossil fuel lobbyists at climate talks
By Matt McGrath
16 June 2023
Oil, gas and coal representatives will have to disclose their industry ties at future climate meetings, the UN says.
For years, fossil fuel employees have been able to attend without having to be clear about their relationship with their companies.
Last year, over 600 industry participants were able to enter the COP27 meeting in Egypt.
Campaigners say the UN ruling is the first step to limiting the influence of polluters.
With registration for delegates to this year’s COP28 summit in Dubai set to open soon, the UN will now put in place a mandatory question on affiliation.
“From now onwards, every single badged participant attending the event will be required to list their affiliation and relationship to that organisation,” said UN climate chief Simon Stiell, speaking at the closing of a preparatory meeting in Bonn.
Campaigners say the step is long overdue.
However while information on a delegate’s affiliation will now be mandatory, participants will be allowed to opt out on the nature of their relationship to that organisation.
There will also be no requirement to say who’s financing the trip to the COP.
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The hilarious part of this effort to cleanse the conference of polluters is the conference organiser, Sultan Al Jaber, is the CEO of Adnoc, Abu Dhabi’s national oil company – so he will presumably have to wear a polluter badge.
Personally I think this is a positive step, it will streamline the process of COP conference oil companies handing cash to environmental causes. Climate campaigners will know straight away who to approach for cash to finance their organisation’s expedition to the next COP conference by reading the affiliation list, they won’t have to ask potentially embarrassing questions.