Cop29: the gas lobby wins its first battle

Cop29: the gas lobby wins its first battle
Cop29: the gas lobby wins its first battle
After Cop26 in Glasgow (Scotland), Cop27 in Sharm El Sheikh (Egypt) and Cop 28 in Dubai (EUA), it is Azerbaijan’s turn to host the UN climate conference in 2024, a country whose economy depends 90% on oil and gas.

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COP29 will be organized this year in Baku, Azerbaijan, in November 2024. This climate summit already promises to be complicated for those passionate about a world without fossil fuels.

By Nabil M.

After Cop26 in Glasgow (Scotland), Cop27 in Sharm El Sheikh (Egypt) and Cop 28 in Dubai (EUA), it is Azerbaijan’s turn to host the UN climate conference in 2024, a country whose economy depends 90% on oil and gas. This choice had already aroused irony or concern among experts and NGOs present at the last climate conference in Dubai.

At the last COP, the United States, the 27 countries of the European Union and small island states pushed for a gradual elimination of fossil fuels, while the nuclear lobby, led by France , achieved, during this global meeting, a real breakthrough by relying on a bloc of 22 countries having announced their desire to triple their nuclear capabilities. Supporters of a return to nuclear energy and coal, although both fuels are equally harmful to the planet, will inevitably mark their return this year with the same arguments, but in a context that is increasingly unfavorable for their argument.

Azerbaijan already defines its clan

In a speech on the sidelines of a climate conference in Berlin last February, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev said his country, as host of the next summit, would defend the rights of countries producing hydrocarbons to maintain their investments in this sector. He stressed that despite ambitious climate goals, demand for fossil fuels remains strong globally. “We will, of course, defend the right of these countries to continue their investments and maintain their production, because the world needs it,” he said.

For the Azerbaijani president, despite his country’s supervision of negotiations on how to mobilize more financing to fight climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming, during Cop 29, he “will support the right of gas-producing countries to maintain their investments and production.”

In the same vein, Mr. Aliev highlighted the importance of solidarity between gas and oil producing nations and those striving to reduce their emissions, reaffirming the need for these countries to take an active part in the transition to more sustainable energy sources. Declarations which completely converge with the Algiers declaration, during the 7th summit of the forum of gas exporting countries (Gecf), with regard to the contributions of natural gas to the fight against climate change and its importance in promoting transitions just, equitable, orderly, inclusive and sustainable energy systems.

Support for Australia’s gas

Considered one of the most important mining powers in the world, Australia announced, Thursday May 9, its desire to use natural gas beyond 2050, despite its commitments to achieve carbon neutrality at the same time. date. A decision which sparked strong criticism from environmental defenders, who described it as a “disaster” for the climate.

In this same vein, the country affirms that its dependence on this fossil energy (gas) will not prevent it from reaching net zero emissions in the next 30 years. The minister responsible for this sector, Madeleine King, declared that gas “will remain an important Source of energy” in Australia, stressing that it “will support the economy and be a vector of stability for the electricity distribution network of the countries as the use of renewable energy increases.

For the Australian Prime Minister, who defended the words of his energy minister, “the production of electricity from gas is something that favors renewable (energy)”.

Algiers gas proposal supported at Nairobi summit

Furthermore, the Algiers declaration announced at the 7th summit of the forum of gas exporting countries (Gecf), last March, continues to influence the decisions of major regional meetings. The African summit on fertilizers and soil health, held in Nairobi, ended, with the adoption, by the participating countries, of Algeria’s proposal to support the efforts of gas producers, as a substance essential in the production of agricultural fertilizers.

A final declaration sanctioned this meeting which took place from May 7 to 9 with the participation of the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Youcef Cherfa, representing the President of the Republic. Algeria thus intends, declares the Head of State, “to continue its efforts to develop natural gas, an important element in the manufacture of the main fertilizers, through the strengthening of direct investments in the field of oil and gas”.

He indicated in this regard that this approach was consolidated by the Algiers declaration, resulting from the 7th summit of heads of state and government of the Gecf, held on March 2, where “the major role of gas was natural in the value chain of the petrochemical sector and chemical industries in general, with a broad group of main end markets, for the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including fertilizer production to guarantee global food security”

Source: Algeria today

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