Obviously, to Abu DhabiThe bigger it is, the more it’s acceptable. Appointed President of COP28 on Thursday, the CEO of the United Arab Emirates’ national oil company has responded to criticism by calling for a “focus” on reducing CO2 emissions rather than attacking “progress” and the energy industry . “We are at a historic turning point. Growth with lower carbon emissions CO2 is the future,” said Sultan al-Jaber, also his country’s industry minister.
“We are working with the energy industry to accelerate decarbonization by reducing methane and developing thehydrogen “, he added during an energy forum in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the Emirates. “Let’s continue to focus on curbing emissions, not progress.” With a projected increase in the world’s population, and the increased demand for energy it implies, “as long as the world uses hydrocarbonswe will have to ensure that they have the lowest carbon intensity possible,” the Emirati official said.
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How to reduce CO2 emissions without touching its main emitter, namely the oil giants, Sultan al-Jaber does not say. But as his country’s special envoy for the climate change and also boss of Masdar, the Emirati renewable energy company, he wants to be reassuring. “The United Arab Emirates approach this task with humility, a strong sense of responsibility and a great sense of urgency”, he assured, describing the fight against climate change as “central” for his country, risking be particularly affected, like the whole very hot region of the gulfrich in hydrocarbons.
Still, the Emirates sent the largest contingent of industry lobbyists to the COP27 organized in November in Egypt. That this edition failed to advance the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, to maintain the objective of limiting global warming. And that the question of less use of fossil fuels has barely been mentioned in the texts.
Speaking at the same forum, Qatari Energy Minister Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi also defended the hydrocarbons sector, saying that defenders of green energies lacked “realism”. According to him, they “lived in a dream” that they could not “achieve”. In the face of climate change, “we must be realistic about what we can achieve,” he said, as Qatar has been widely coveted in recent months by European countries seeking to do without Russian gas.