Climate leaders gather in Spain before ‘challenging’ COP28

Energy ministers and climate leaders from around the world gather in Madrid before the next month’s climate summit.

A view shows the 'Cop28 UAE' logo on a globe, during Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW), in Abu Dhabi, UAE, January 17, 2023. REUTERS/Rula Rouhana
The COP28 summit is scheduled to take place in Dubai between November 30 and December 12. [File: Rula Rouhana/Reuters]

Spain’s Energy Minister Teresa Ribera has warned that talks at the COP28 climate summit will be “challenging” as she opened a gathering of energy ministers and climate leaders from around the world in Madrid.

Spain, which holds the rotating presidency of the European Council, is pushing for an international coalition to back the 2015 Paris deal’s target to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) above preindustrial levels.

At the COP28 conference, countries will assess how efforts to tackle climate change are falling short of the Paris Agreement goal and discuss plans to get on track.

There are five conditions for the upcoming summit to be considered successful, the International Energy Agency chief, Fatih Birol, said. These include tripling global capital expenditure on renewables, doubling of energy efficiency improvements and an agreement on mechanisms to support clean energy financing in emerging countries.

Global coal, oil and natural gas consumption may peak before 2030, he added.

More than 20 oil and gas companies had positively answered calls to align around net zero by 2050, to eliminate methane emissions and stop routine flaring by 2030, COP28 President Sultan al-Jaber said at the conference. He did not elaborate.

The COP28 summit is scheduled to take place in Dubai from November 30 to December 12.

The summit is seen as a crucial opportunity for governments to expedite action to limit global warming with reports so far showing countries are off track to meet promises to limit the rise in global temperatures to 1.5C.

Source: Reuters