ZCA COP28 Live reporting

November 30, 2023

13/12/2023- 13:30- COP28 comes to a close with historic global stocktake

The final stages of COP28 were fraught with disagreement and saw negotiations drag on through the night. The result? A final, approved text for the global stocktake that sees fossil fuels addressed for the first time. The reaction of many is that the deal is historic but even those that think this, know there is more to be done. Find out more about the deal below:

COP28 saw the conclusion of the first ever global stocktake, how nations reacted is being described as a breakthrough

Source: COP28

7/12/2023- 10:25- Missed out on COP28's Finance Day? Take a look back with our review of the major announcements

On Monday, we saw COP28 attendees focus on climate-related funding and investments during ‘Finance Day’, where the daily programme revolves around the mobilisation of funding to support climate action. Read our summary here:

Finance day at cop28

6/12/2023- 11:15- Six major global food companies have joined together with the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) to create the Dairy Methane Action Alliance

According to the EDF, 40% of methane emissions caused by humans comes from agriculture. The dairy industry is a particular culprit. Danone, General Mills, Kraft Heinz, Lactalis USA, Nestlē, and Bel Group joined the partnership to foster transparency and accountability about methane emissions from the dairy supply chain.

Read more here:

Dairy Methane Action Alliance | EDF

Global dairy giants including Nestlé and Danone vow to disclose and tackle methane emissions from their dairy supply chains | Dairy Reporter

6/12/2023- 10:15- The Buildings Breakthrough is launched by the Governments of France and Morocco and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP)

Read more about the launch here:

The Buildings Breakthrough: Global push for near-zero emission and resilient buildings by 2030 unveiled at COP28 | UNEP

Fostering collaboration | UNEP

Buildings Breakthrough official launch: Unlocking an action-oriented response to the global stocktake | COP28 UAE

Zero Carbon Academy Insights and Expert Interviews about the pivotal role of the buildings sector on net-zero:

Progress made by the World Green Building Council is progress for the built environment

Where is the new built environment workforce? Examining the Skills for a Sustainable Skyline Taskforce’s new report on the built environment

Expert Interviews: Chris Oldham

Responsible for a quarter of global emissions, the built environment sector could halve its greenhouse gas contributions by using existing technologies, according to new research

5/12/2023- 17:30- Energy Transition Day draws to a close

Today's events included a high level roundtable on hydrogen, the UAE's energy transition program, and a session on navigating the risks and rewards of a just transition for the Global South, amongst many others.

However, not everyone wants the same thing from an energy transition. Read Zero Carbon Academy's analysis on the different energy outcomes that countries desire from COP28 negotiations here. The energy outcomes that delegates want from COP28 has come under particular scrutiny today due to analysis released by the Kick Big Polluters Out (KBPO) coalition which shows that 2,456 fossil fuel lobbyists have been granted access to climate negotiations, this is almost four times as many as COP27, which was another record year. Read more on this here:

Record number of fossil fuel lobbyists get access to Cop28 climate talks | The Guardian

COP28: Record number of fossil fuel delegates at climate talks | BBC

'Unprecedented' 2,400 fuel lobbyists at COP28 in Dubai, claim campaigners | Sky News

5/12/2023- 11:00- US announces that it will cut methane emissions from oil and gas by 80%

US outlines measures to cut methane emissions by 80% in next 15 years | The Guardian

US announces rule to slash powerful planet-warming methane by nearly 80% from oil and gas | CNN

Biden-Harris Administration Finalizes Standards to Slash Methane Pollution, Combat Climate Change, Protect Health, and Bolster American Innovation | EPA

Read more about methane and its impacts here:

Time to change our methane metrics? The case for using GWP* when looking at the climate change impact of methane

Change in the dairy industry is vital for cutting emissions, but what are the proposed solutions?

5/12/2023- 9:00- In case you missed it, Colombia is the first Latin American Country to join the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty

Colombia became one of ten countries calling for an end to the expansion of fossil fuels. Read more here:

Colombia is the first Latin American Country to join the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty

Samoa then became the 11th nation-state to join the Treaty on the 4th of December.

1/12/2023- 17:05- 134 countries sign a new pledge to tackle emissions from food

134 governments have signed a new pledge to reduce the environmental impact of food systems and improve their climate resilience. Read an overview of what this includes here:

134 countries sign climate pledge Zero Carbon Academy

1/12/2023- 12:00- Leaders summit begins

Day one of the leaders summit contained a speech by King Charles, where the monarch said that the hope of the world rests on the decision-making taking place at COP28. Referring back to COP21 which culminated with the Paris Agreement, the King said he hoped that this years event "will be another critical turning point towards genuine transformational action at a time when, already, as scientists have been warning for so long, we are seeing alarming tipping points being reached".

King says COP28 a 'critical turning point' in fight against climate change | Climate News | Sky News

1/12/2023- 10:28- A fossil fuel phase out at COP28?

In the lead up to COP28, world governments began to ramp up efforts to achieve a fossil fuel phase out. ZCA's latest insight looks at the state of play as the conference kicks off.

Accusations and aspirations: fossil fuel use takes centre stage in the lead up to COP28

Source: Unsplash

30/11/2023- 12:45- The BBC report an agreement has been reached on Loss and Damage

The BBC has reported that delegates at COP28 have agreed on proposals that will the see the much lauded loss and damage fund put into action.[i]

Read more about the loss and damage fund below:


BBC News- COP28 agrees historic decision on money for countries hit by climate change

30/11/2023- 10:30- Welcome to ZCA's COP28 live reporting

Welcome to ZCA's live reporting page for COP28. We'll be bringing you the top stories from the event over the next 13 days and lending our insights to understand what it means for the world's fight against the climate crisis.

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Oscar Pusey
Research Analyst

Oscar is a recent graduate with a background in earth science. He is currently studying an MSc focussing on disaster responses, emergency planning and community resilience. His postgraduate research project will assess the link between climate crisis risk perception and attitudes to green energy projects. “Adapting to the climate crisis through the pursuit of net zero requires community engagement and understanding. Zero Carbon Academy’s goals closely align with this approach and I’m excited to have the opportunity to research and communicate a variety of topics relating to our environment and sustainability”.

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