Hong Kong News

Nonpartisan, Noncommercial, unconstrained.
Sunday, Jun 16, 2024

Sultan Al Jaber, the chief executive of Adnoc, the UAE’s Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, and president of this year's COP28 climate summit.

Leaked Document Exposes Sensitive Issues as UAE Assumes UN Climate Summit Leadership

From increasing fossil fuel production to human trafficking, the UAE's impending role at COP28 is marked by numerous controversies.
The Guardian has unveiled an extensive list of contentious issues associated with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in a leaked document as the nation prepares to preside over the forthcoming United Nations climate summit. The document lists state-sanctioned 'strategic messages' to be employed in addressing media inquiries concerning issues ranging from the UAE's growing fossil fuel production to human trafficking controversies.

The strategic messaging document opens with several pages dedicated to the key points of discussion for COP28, focusing on the UAE's narrative. There's a notable absence of any reference to fossil fuels, oil or gas. Instead, the emphasis is on renewable energy sources and hydrogen.

However, global climate experts overwhelmingly agree that the most urgent action needed to mitigate climate change is reducing fossil fuel consumption. They also stress that any new fossil fuel developments contradict the goal of achieving net-zero emissions by 2050 and underscore the need to leave most existing reserves untapped to prevent the worst climate crisis outcomes.

Earlier this year, The Guardian disclosed that the UAE ranked third globally for plans to expand oil and gas production, which is in stark conflict with net-zero ambitions. This controversial topic, reflected as "increase in production capacity v climate ambition" in the leaked document, is understood to have been added after the Guardian's disclosure.

The suggested key messages for COP28 include statements like "We need to reduce emissions in the systems we depend on today," which have been criticized by a former UN climate chief as "dangerous" due to its sole focus on emissions and overlooking fossil fuel burning.

Other controversial climate-related issues highlighted include the dual role of COP28's president, Sultan Al Jaber, who is also the CEO of the UAE's national oil company, Adnoc. This position has drawn considerable criticism. The document also sheds light on Adnoc's non-disclosure of its emissions or lack of a sustainability report since 2016.

The document's single mention of fossil fuels comes in a section titled "UAE as a hydrocarbon economy (fossil fuel lobbying)," with a suggested response claiming that the UAE is "helping to build the energy system of tomorrow while reducing the carbon intensity of oil and gas."

The "climate ambition" topic is also raised, with the document indicating the UAE's recent pledge to increase its climate goals. However, this pledge could still permit a rise in the UAE's carbon emissions until 2030, and independent Climate Action Tracker consortium has classified the UAE's plans as "insufficient."

Pascoe Sabido, from Corporate Europe Observatory and co-coordinator of the Kick Big Polluters Out coalition, commented: "The UN climate talks have become an oil and gas industry trade show, not the flagship for climate action."

Additionally, the document also responds to a host of other sensitive issues unrelated to climate and energy, including money laundering, war crimes in Yemen, political prisoners, LGBTQIA+ rights, freedom of expression, women's rights, and human trafficking.

Nicholas McGeehan from human rights group FairSquare commented: "The key takeaway from this document is that the UAE cannot be taken at its word. Human rights activists have known this for a very long time, and it is critical that climate activists recognise the UAE’s duplicity."

The primary purpose of the document, it states, is to enhance the understanding of critical issues raised by the international media against the UAE and ultimately enhance the UAE's reputation.

The Cop28 office, National Media Office and Adnoc have not yet responded to requests for comment. Al Jaber, however, has previously stated: "Phasing down fossil fuels is inevitable and it is essential – it’s going to happen."

The transition, Al Jaber argued, takes time and cannot happen overnight, though he failed to provide a timeline for the phasing out of fossil fuels.

Related Articles

Hong Kong News
It's always the people with the dirty hands pointing their fingers
Paper straws found to contain long-lasting and potentially toxic chemicals - study
FTX's Bankman-Fried headed for jail after judge revokes bail
Blackrock gets half a trillion dollar deal to rebuild Ukraine
Steve Jobs' Son Launches Venture Capital Firm With $200 Million For Cancer Treatments
Google reshuffles Assistant unit, lays off some staffers, to 'supercharge' products with A.I.
End of Viagra? FDA approved a gel against erectile dysfunction
UK sanctions Russians judges over dual British national Kara-Murza's trial
US restricts visa-free travel for Hungarian passport holders because of security concerns
America's First New Nuclear Reactor in Nearly Seven Years Begins Operations
Southeast Asia moves closer to economic unity with new regional payments system
Political leader from South Africa, Julius Malema, led violent racist chants at a massive rally on Saturday
Today Hunter Biden’s best friend and business associate, Devon Archer, testified that Joe Biden met in Georgetown with Russian Moscow Mayor's Wife Yelena Baturina who later paid Hunter Biden $3.5 million in so called “consulting fees”
'I am not your servant': IndiGo crew member, passenger get into row over airline meal
Singapore Carries Out First Execution of a Woman in Two Decades Amid Capital Punishment Debate
Spanish Citizenship Granted to Iranian chess player who removed hijab
US Senate Republican Mitch McConnell freezes up, leaves press conference
Speaker McCarthy says the United States House of Representatives is getting ready to impeach Joe Biden.
San Francisco car crash
This camera man is a genius
3D ad in front of Burj Khalifa
Next level gaming
BMW driver…
Google testing journalism AI. We are doing it already 2 years, and without Google biased propoganda and manipulated censorship
Unlike illegal imigrants coming by boats - US Citizens Will Need Visa To Travel To Europe in 2024
Musk announces Twitter name and logo change to X.com
The politician and the journalist lost control and started fighting on live broadcast.
The future of sports
Unveiling the Black Hole: The Mysterious Fate of EU's Aid to Ukraine
Farewell to a Music Titan: Tony Bennett, Renowned Jazz and Pop Vocalist, Passes Away at 96
Alarming Behavior Among Florida's Sharks Raises Concerns Over Possible Cocaine Exposure
Transgender Exclusion in Miss Italy Stirs Controversy Amidst Changing Global Beauty Pageant Landscape
Joe Biden admitted, in his own words, that he delivered what he promised in exchange for the $10 million bribe he received from the Ukraine Oil Company.
TikTok Takes On Spotify And Apple, Launches Own Music Service
Global Trend: Using Anti-Fake News Laws as Censorship Tools - A Deep Dive into Tunisia's Scenario
Arresting Putin During South African Visit Would Equate to War Declaration, Asserts President Ramaphosa
Hacktivist Collective Anonymous Launches 'Project Disclosure' to Unearth Information on UFOs and ETIs
Typo sends millions of US military emails to Russian ally Mali
Server Arrested For Theft After Refusing To Pay A Table's $100 Restaurant Bill When They Dined & Dashed
The Changing Face of Europe: How Mass Migration is Reshaping the Political Landscape
China Urges EU to Clarify Strategic Partnership Amid Trade Tensions
The Last Pour: Anchor Brewing, America's Pioneer Craft Brewer, Closes After 127 Years
Democracy not: EU's Digital Commissioner Considers Shutting Down Social Media Platforms Amid Social Unrest
Sarah Silverman and Renowned Authors Lodge Copyright Infringement Case Against OpenAI and Meta
Why Do Tech Executives Support Kennedy Jr.?
The New York Times Announces Closure of its Sports Section in Favor of The Athletic
BBC Anchor Huw Edwards Hospitalized Amid Child Sex Abuse Allegations, Family Confirms
Florida Attorney General requests Meta CEO's testimony on company's platforms' alleged facilitation of illicit activities
The Distorted Mirror of actual approval ratings: Examining the True Threat to Democracy Beyond the Persona of Putin
40,000 child slaves in Congo are forced to work in cobalt mines so we can drive electric cars.