COP27: Criticism of 636 oil, gas and coal lobbyists at climate summit


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‘Time to throw out the polluters’: Criticism of around 630 oil, gas and coal lobbyists at COP27

A woman at a "Kick Big Polluters Out"-Protest action on the fringes of the UN climate summit COP27 in Egypt

A woman at a “Kick Big Polluters Out” protest on the sidelines of the UN climate summit COP27 in Egypt

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Not only politicians and climate activists are currently at the UN climate conference in Egypt – but also more than 600 lobbyists for oil, gas and coal. NGOs criticize that the fossil industry is more represented than the countries most affected by the climate crisis.

In the UN climate conference in Sharm el-Sheikh (COP27) not only numerous environmental and development organizations are represented, but also hundreds of lobbyists for climate-damaging fossil fuels. Compared to the COP26 in Glasgow, their number has increased by 133 representatives and thus a good quarter to 636, said the non-governmental organizations Corporate Accountability, Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO) and Global Witness (GW) on Thursday after evaluating the preliminary list of participants from the United Nations.

Majority of lobbyists in Emirati and Russian delegations

In the evaluation, participants were counted who have direct connections to fossil fuel companies such as Shell, BP or Chevron. On the other hand, the investigation also took into account members of state delegations who acted in the interests of the fossil fuel industry. According to the report, 70 members of the delegation from the United Arab Emirates can be classified as lobbyists for fossil fuels NGOs.

after the United Arab Emirates the second most lobbyists for this climate-damaging energy traveled with the Russian delegation. In their ranks 33 of these stakeholders were counted. According to the information, a total of 29 of the almost 200 participating countries have such lobbyists in their delegations.

COP27 threatens “Festival of fossil fuels”, criticize NGOs

The NGOs criticized the World Climate Conference in Egypt also referred to as the Africa COP, the number of lobbyists for oil, gas and coal is greater than any single delegation from Africa. They are also more numerous than the representatives of the ten countries most affected by climate change combined. Activists from the Global South, which suffers the most from global warming, are underrepresented at COP27 due to visa problems, repression by Egyptian authorities and high travel costs.

The UN climate conference in Sharm el-Sheikh threatens to become “a festival of fossil fuels and their polluting friends,” the three organizations said. Negotiators at COP27 must make progress on concrete measures “to stop the toxic practices of the fossil fuel industry that climate harms more than any other industry”. “The extraordinary presence of this industry’s lobbyists in these talks is therefore a bad joke at the expense of both people and the planet,” the statement said. The UN Climate Change Secretariat must finally get rid of these lobbyists exclude the world climate conferences.

The greenhouse gases such as CO2 released when gas, oil and coal are burned are the main reason for global warming and its fatal consequences, i.e. more and more droughts, heat waves, hurricanes, floods and sea level rise. Phillip Jakpor from Public Participation Africa said: “It’s time to throw out the big polluters!”

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