Climate Conference Chairman ‘Opposed to Fossil Fuel Reduction’ Controversy

Climate Conference Chairman ‘Opposed to Fossil Fuel Reduction’ Controversy

The CEO of the UAE National Petroleum Corporation took the chair and said,
“There is no scientific basis for the claim for step-down reduction.”
Gore said, “UAE emissions have increased six times the world average.”

The CEO of the UAE National Petroleum Corporation 

The chairman of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), who chaired the 28th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP28), which opened on the 30th of last month, said that there was ‘no scientific basis’ for the claim that fossil fuel use should be gradually reduced. After the fact became known, controversy arose. Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, an environmental activist, stood on the podium at the General Assembly and publicly criticized the UAE, saying, “The UAE’s greenhouse gas emissions jumped 7.5% during the same period, which is six times the world average.”

Climate Conference Chairman 'Opposed to Fossil Fuel Reduction' Controversy
Climate Conference Chairman ‘Opposed to Fossil Fuel Reduction’ Controversy

According to the British daily Guardian on the 2nd, these remarks by COP28 Chairman Sultan Ahmad Al Jabir were made in a conversation with former UN Special Envoy for Climate Change Mary Robinson that was broadcast live online on the 21st of last month. He said, “There is no scientific basis or scenario” for the claim that fossil fuels should be gradually reduced in accordance with the Paris Climate Agreement, where each country agreed to prevent the global temperature from rising more than 1.5 degrees Celsius compared to pre-industrial times (1850-1900).

He also emphasized, “Unless the world wants to go into caves like in prehistoric times, phasing out fossil fuels will not lead to sustainable social and economic development.” Chairman Al Jabir is the UAE Minister of Advanced Industry and Technology and the CEO of Abu Dhabi National Oil Corporation (ADNOC).

When former Special Envoy Robinson objected to this statement, Chairman Al Jabir responded, “Please suggest a solution to the climate problem and polarization that has already occurred,” and “Do not point fingers at me as responsible (for the climate crisis).” In an interview with the British daily Guardian the day before the opening of COP28, he said, “My goal is to ensure that each country clearly understands the roadmap to keep the global temperature rise within 1.5 degrees Celsius by 2030.”

In the UAE, the fossil fuel industry accounts for 30% of gross domestic product (GDP). As the UAE assumed the presidency of this General Assembly, controversy over ‘greenwashing’ (false environmentalism) arose from the start.

Circumstances in which the UAE attempted to use its chairmanship status to export its own fossil fuels were revealed, causing controversy. According to documents obtained by the BBC and the non-profit Center for Climate Reporting (CCR), the UAE reportedly planned to promote its oil and gas companies and propose deals to officials from 15 countries, including China, Brazil, and Germany. As the controversy grew, on the 1st, the UAE began to evolve by announcing a plan to create an Altera fund worth $30 billion (approximately 39 trillion won) to bridge the gap between countries by providing financial support necessary to respond to the climate crisis.

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