Record more than 2,000 fossil fuel lobbyists at COP28 talks: NGOs

(EurActiv, 5 Dec 2023) A record almost 2,500 fossil fuel lobbyists have been accredited for UN climate talks in Dubai, as negotiators wrestle with calls to end all new oil, gas and coal projects to curb global warming, campaign groups said Tuesday (5 December).

The COP28 meeting is being hosted by oil-rich United Arab Emirates, which has made no secret of its plan to include fossil fuel interests and has boosted overall attendance to more than 80,000, making this year’s meeting the largest COP.

New UN rules have made it easier for observers to scrutinise those given passes, with COP28 attendees asked to provide for the first time information about their employer and their relationship — financial or otherwise – with the entity applying for accreditation on their behalf.

That makes comparisons to previous years tricky, but the NGO umbrella group Kick Big Polluters Out (KBPO) said the 2,456 people tied to fossil fuel interests they identified from a provisional attendee list was roughly four times the number of passes granted to these groups at last year’s talks in Sharm El-Sheikh.

If taken as a group they outnumber “every country delegation” apart from Brazil and the UAE, the coalition said in a statement.

All COP delegates are required to be hosted by a government or registered organisation.

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EurActiv, 5 Dec 2023: Record more than 2,000 fossil fuel lobbyists at COP28 talks: NGOs