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:
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:
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.
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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:
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Colombia became one of ten countries calling for an end to the expansion of fossil fuels. Read more here:
Samoa then became the 11th nation-state to join the Treaty on the 4th of December.
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:
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".
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.
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]
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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.
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”.