COP28 CIEL Comment: COP28 Dubai Summit “People-Driven Development and Fossil-Fueled Failure”

In the facial area of mounting climate chaos, incremental measures and loophole language are a leap backward.

Professionals are accessible to remark in Dubai as properly as in the United States

DUBAI, UAE, December 13, 2023 – The COP28 United Nations climate summit, which concluded currently in Dubai, revealed a stark distinction in between what people today power, science, and justice desire and what significant polluters are eager to acknowledge, according to specialists from the Centre for Worldwide Environmental Law, inspite of makes an attempt by lots of leaders to portray it as a achievements.

COP28 was unquestionably a fossil fuel COP – not simply because it was hosted in a petrostate, presided over by a fossil gas government, and flooded by fossil gasoline lobbyists, but since persons energy and mounting political will led by progressive governments at last set the central trigger of the weather crisis at the heart of the climate talks. 

The take a look at for governments was not just to talk about fossil fuels, it was to act on them, by offering an unequivocal dedication to finish the era of fossil fuels, to leave no loopholes for hold off or inaction, and to make sure loaded polluters shift initially and quickest, with actual funds on the table. They failed profoundly – underlining the require for different, complementary, and efficient governance areas to supply a fossil gas phaseout that is total, fair, rapid, and funded.

Nikki Reisch, CIEL’s Director of Local weather & Electricity System, said: 

“Countries at COP28 faced a selection concerning fossil fuels and daily life. And major polluters chose fossil fuels. Despite the unstoppable momentum and unequivocal science at the rear of the want for a crystal clear sign on the phaseout of oil, gas, and coal – free of charge of loopholes or limitations – the textual content failed to produce a single. This failure was thirty a long time in the generating, borne of a method that enables a pick out couple of countries to maintain progress hostage and the fossil gasoline field not just to sit at the table, but to enjoy host. Survival simply cannot rely on most affordable-prevalent-denominator results. We want substitute forums to take care of the drop of fossil fuels, totally free from the impact of individuals who gain from them. So prolonged as the largest polluters, the United States main between them, carry on recklessly growing oil and gas and staunchly refusing to present local weather finance on everything approaching the scale required, the world will keep on being on a demise course. Finally, lives count not on what countries profess in these halls, but what they do outside of them. And we will go on to maintain them accountable the persons-powered motion fighting for local climate justice and the conclude of the fossil era will not again down.”

Lili Fuhr, CIEL’s Director of Fossil Economic climate Program, mentioned:

“Just a calendar year in the past at COP27, carbon capture and storage (CCS), was simply a loophole, unnoticed by most. At COP28, the query of ‘to abate or not to abate’ took middle phase, with CCS provided up as a technological savior. But beneath public scrutiny, the fossil fuel industry’s preferred pretext was stripped bare, exposing the abysmal keep track of record of carbon capture systems and the local climate-wrecking actuality of ‘abated’ fossil fuels like ‘clean’ hydrogen, ‘blue’ ammonia, or ‘low carbon’ gas. 

“The fossil gas sector identified as in record quantities of lobbyists, but they ended up achieved with a united front of science and grassroots ability. Carbon seize pipedreams were being exposed as a massive and perilous distraction that could ignite the fuse of some of the greatest carbon bombs. Now, stripped of its facade, the fossil emperor has no apparel and the industry has no license to pollute. Field greenwashing methods will have to not derail our path to a fossil-totally free economic system.”

Sébastien Duyck, Marketing campaign Supervisor for Human Legal rights and Local climate Adjust and Senior Lawyer at CIEL, said:

“Despite becoming touted by the host place as the most inclusive COP ever, unbiased and crucial voices from the region had been barred from taking part. The UAE’s choice to initiate a new collective demo of political detainees during the summit, under the international community’s watchful eye, was deeply about. UN officials additional limited civil society’s flexibility of speech — specifically regarding  the war on Gaza and  human legal rights in the Gulf area — avoiding civil modern society from holding governments accountable and demanding climate justice. 

“In stark contrast, when civil society was muzzled, extra than 2,000 fossil fuel lobbyists had been welcomed with open up arms and permitted to freely encourage the economic pursuits of their industry. 

 “By taking part in COP28 devoid of forcefully denouncing these abuses, governments and UN authorities have created themselves complicit in the host country’s PR stunt. As Functions acknowledged Azerbaijan’s supply to host COP29 even with its limitations on free speech and historical past of fossil gasoline-joined diplomatic scandals, they need to understand from the failures of COP28 and urgently establish robust guardrails in opposition to human rights abuses and corporate seize in get to defend what minimal credibility is left in this system.”

Lien Vandamme, CIEL Senior Campaigner, mentioned:

“While the weather crisis is devastating men and women and communities all over the planet, the deal agreed at COP28 is a testament to rich nations’ persistent avoidance of responsibilities. The Decline and Harm Fund will do minimal to repair service and cure the widespread human legal rights violations communities are suffering from decades of weather inaction. The thousands and thousands promised for the Reduction and Problems Fund at COP28 are a fall in the ocean of what is required. On the premise of urgently having the Reduction and Destruction Fund to access communities, created international locations have pushed through a flawed construction, still they now fail to supply the hundreds of billions important to make it get the job done. 

“This speaks to the hypocrisy we’ve seen in these discussions and the limits of treating reduction and damage finance as charity somewhat than an obligation. The same hypocrisy undermined any risk of receiving an formidable consequence on fossil gasoline phaseout, as nations like the US and in Europe refuse to provide the public finance wanted to make a just energy transition take place in developing nations. Their ongoing enlargement and export of fossil fuels, coupled with deficiency of motivation to guidance a world wide energy changeover, make their speeches vacant words. This is compounded by shelling out billions on war and militarization, even further undermining their proclaimed intentions.”

Erika Lennon, CIEL Senior Lawyer, mentioned:

“After two weeks of negotiations and makes an attempt to go off carbon markets as weather finance, Get-togethers ultimately succeeded by preventing the adoption of weak guidelines underneath Report 6 that would have opened the doorway to harmful interruptions and undermined human rights, the rights of Indigenous Peoples, and our prospects to remain down below 1.5°C. At a COP that was mainly about fossil fuels, right after a calendar year of scandals revealing failures and human legal rights violations in carbon marketplaces, refusing to succumb to the tension to undertake weak regulations was the bare bare minimum. 

“No matter how fervently proponents declare that offsets can be enhanced, they will never ever decrease emissions if they are utilized to offset fossil gasoline manufacturing and use. And no quantity of rhetoric can switch carbon markets into the real, grants-based mostly climate finance owed to aid creating nations in adapting to the local climate crisis and transitioning to a fossil-absolutely free potential. Failure to adopt weak guidelines to permit carbon buying and selling was one particular of the several ideal selections nations around the world manufactured in Dubai endorsing carbon marketplaces with several safeguards would have produced the COP28 end result even far more catastrophic.”  

Mary Church, Senior Geoengineering Campaigner at CIEL, claimed:

“It is alarming to see really risky and speculative photo voltaic and maritime geoengineering systems promoted as ‘climate intervention strategies’ at COP28. Manipulating the stratosphere or our oceans will not tackle the root results in of the local weather disaster, but will cause even further environmental harms and unparalleled threats to human rights. 

“Science obviously exhibits that the only way to meet up with Paris Settlement plans is to section out fossil fuels and defend and restore the ecosystems on which all lifetime depends. We can’t permit risky distractions to delay that urgent endeavor. When photo voltaic geoengineering is on the desk this spring at the UN Atmosphere Assembly, Get-togethers need to reject geoengineering technologies and prioritize genuine remedies.”

The once-a-year UN climate summit unfolded against a backdrop of devastating weather chaos, unprecedented limitations on freedom of speech and liberty of assembly. Condemning the genocide in the earning in Gaza, local weather justice advocates insisted every working day at the COP that there can be no climate justice with no human legal rights. CIEL joins the contact for an instant and lasting ceasefire and an end to illegal profession and apartheid. We denounce the complicity of Western powers – which include through their votes at the UN Normal Assembly and as they silence free of charge speech and flexibility of assembly for those speaking up towards these international crimes and human rights abuses.


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