"I think it's quite a repugnant thing for the OPEC countries to oppose putting the bar where it needs to be" on climate, Teresa Ribera, Spain's Minister for Ecological Transition, said in Dubai. The Kuwaiti secretary-general of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) this week "urgently" asked its 23 member or associate countries to "proactively reject" any agreement targeting fossil fuels in climate negotiations at COP28 in Dubai, in a letter seen by AFP on Friday.
The European Union will align itself with many others, a large majority of parties at this conference, to ensure that we get a meaningful and productive outcome on the exit from fossil fuels, the energy transition, while ensuring access to energy for all," Ribera told reporters. COP28 is entering its final stretch with the return of ministers from Saturday to try to unblock the negotiations. At the heart of these is the issue of fossil fuels (coal, oil, gas), which are the main culprits of global warming.
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Canada's environment minister, who plays a key role in the talks, said Saturday he was "quite confident" that there would be a mention of fossil fuels in the final text, in an interview with AFP.