More than 2,400 participants of the COP28 climate conference in Dubai are representatives of the coal, oil and gas industry and related organizations, the BBC reports. The data was analyzed by the Kick Big Polluters Out group, which brings together several organizations fighting to improve the climate.
Approximately 97,000 politicians, diplomats, journalists and activists have registered for COP28, the largest climate conference in history. The number of people linked to the fossil industry has quadrupled since last year’s meeting in Egypt. This is partly due to stricter registration conditions, where participants must now declare details of their employment.
According to activists, this tightening is not the only reason for the increased number of lobbyists present. “These negotiations are supposed to bring progress in the elimination of fossil fuels. Fossil industry representatives are here to influence this process as much as possible,” believes George Carew-Jones of Kick Big Polluters Out.
The future of the fossil industry is the key topic of this year’s summit. The president of the conference, Sultan al-Jabur, is pushing for an agreement that would limit fossil fuels. But he himself is a controversial person in this regard, as he is the director of Adnoc, the state oil company of the United Arab Emirates. At the conference, he even had to defend himself against accusations that he does not recognize some scientific conclusions regarding fossil fuels.