The BBC's Justin Rowlatt is reporting that the UAE planned to use COP28 climate talks to make oil deals. 

The United Arab Emirates (UAE), hosting the COP28 climate talks, reportedly planned to use the event to negotiate oil and gas deals with various nations, according to leaked documents obtained by the BBC. The documents reveal the UAE's intentions to discuss fossil fuel projects with 15 countries, while also highlighting renewable energy opportunities. Despite the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) expecting COP presidents to act without bias, the UAE did not deny holding business talks during the meetings. Dr. Sultan al-Jaber, CEO of the UAE's state oil company ADNOC and president of COP28, was prepared with talking points from both ADNOC and Masdar, the state renewable energy company, for discussions with over two dozen countries. This approach has raised concerns about a conflict of interest and the impartiality required for COP presidents, with some experts criticizing it as hypocritical and potentially undermining the COP's objectives. The success of the UAE's leadership at COP28, ending on December 12, will ultimately be judged by the outcomes of the summit.

Source: BBC

(This article was written with assistance from ChatGPT)

Written by Ursa Nova

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