COP28 President calls on industry to reduce emissions, focusing on electricity, cement, steel and aluminium

Sultan al-Jaber, the CEO of Abu Dhabi National Oil Co., and President of COP28 the United Arab Emirates, told representatives of global energy firms this week that the world must cut emissions by 7% each year and eliminate all methane emissions. He singled out electricity, cement, steel and aluminium as targets for clean-up. Unsurprisingly no mention was made of activities relying on transport fuels (of which the UAE is a major exporter), such as trucks, cars, trains and aircraft.  At COP27, some developed country parties negotiating the mitigation work stream sought to introduce sector targets for industries. This was ultimately unsuccessful but suggests that sector targets are likely to remain on the table at COP28.

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