In the bustling city of Dubai, the 28th Conference of the Parties (COP28) is currently underway, attended by more than 70,000 participants. Among the key discussions taking place is the future of sustainable energy supply and the commitments of the Paris Agreement. However, the conference isn't without its share of controversies and criticisms.
OPEC's Stand on Energy Diversity
Representing the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), Secretary-General Haitham Al Ghais, stirred the pot with his remarks on energy diversity. He stressed that there isn't a one-size-fits-all solution for sustainable energy supply. He called for realistic policies that not only reduce emissions but also allow for economic growth and poverty eradication. The Paris Agreement, he noted, focuses on emission reduction without favoring specific energy sources. The remarks were viewed as controversial as Al Ghais urged member countries to defend fossil fuels, at a time when many nations are working towards ending the fossil fuel era.
Scientific Rebellion's Criticisms
The collective group Scientific Rebellion denounced the perceived hypocrisy of COP28. While details of their specific criticisms are yet to be revealed, it is clear that not all attendees are aligned with the proceedings of the conference.
Emerging Contenders for COP29
As COP28 unfolds, the host for the next conference, COP29, is also being decided. Azerbaijan has emerged as a proposed host for the next conference, garnering consensus and support from other nations, including Russia, which had previously blocked Bulgaria's candidacy. In an unexpected turn of events, Armenia withdrew its candidacy in favor of Azerbaijan, despite ongoing tensions between the two nations. However, the final decision on Azerbaijan's designation as the host for COP29 remains pending and needs to be ratified by all countries at COP28.