- The number of fossil fuel lobbyists at COP28 increased.
- Around 2,400 individuals associated with fossil fuels registered.
- The increase is partly due to the new registration requirements.
Campaigners claim that since last year, the number of participants in this year’s UN COP28 climate conference who are also associated with companies that produce fossil fuels has increased fourfold.
Approximately 2,400 individuals associated with the coal, oil, and gas sectors have registered for the COP28 climate conference.
More people attended this historic event than came from the ten nations most at risk from climate change.
Changes to registration that mandate attendees disclose their work status in full are partially to blame for the increase.
A coalition of environmental organizations opposed to the attendance of delegates from the coal, oil, and gas industries conducted the analysis.
Around 97,000 politicians, diplomats, journalists, and activists have registered for COP28, the largest climate conference ever held.
However, according to this most recent study, 2,456 people from allied organizations and the coal, oil, and gas industries are also present at the conference in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Approximately five hundred participants with a background in fossil fuels attended COP26 in Glasgow.
There were around 600 delegates present at COP27 in Egypt last year, a 25% increase in numbers.
However, about four times as many people have registered for COP28 this year.
Prior to this year’s negotiations, the UN implemented more stringent registration requirements, requiring more individuals to explicitly declare their employer.
The increased transparency has led to a notable increase in the numbers. However, activists argue that this is not the sole cause of the increase.
“This does not account for the entire, significant uptick in lobbyist presence,” said George Carew-Jones, from the Kick Big Polluters Out coalition.
“These talks are rumoured to deliver progress on a phase out of fossil fuels, and the fossil fuel industry is here to influence that outcome as much as possible,” he said.
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