Close this search box.

Call on cabinet: stop fossil industry undermining international climate summits

450 civil society organisations worldwide including 35 Dutch organisations, such as Milieudefensie, Greenpeace, Oxfam Novib, FNV, Both Ends, CARE Netherlands, Simavi and Natuur & Milieu, sound the alarm. We are deeply concerned about the fossil industry undermining the effectiveness and credibility of international climate negotiations. For instance, the upcoming climate summit in November will be led by Sultan Al Jaber, the boss of ADNOC, one of the world's largest oil producers. We want the upcoming negotiations to be transparent and free of conflicts of interest and urge ministers Jetten and Schreinemacher to address this as soon as possible.

The United Arab Emirates, the host country of the upcoming climate summit, had more fossil industry lobbyists in its delegation than any other country at the last climate summit in Egypt. And at this summit, the heavy fossil industry lobby blocked the important breakthrough on fossil fuel phase-out. At the same time, civil society organisations are being made increasingly difficult to access the climate summit and participate effectively.

The appointment of Sultan Al Jaber as chairman of the upcoming UN climate summit led to much concern and criticism recently. Al Jaber heads ADNOC, the company with the second-largest oil and gas expansion plans worldwide. These plans are incompatible with the International Energy Agency's calculations that rule out drilling for new oil and gas reserves to stay below 1.5 degrees Celsius.

The more than 450 organisations are calling on UN Secretary General Guterres to take immediate action to counter conflicts of interest and restore the effectiveness and credibility of the climate summit.

Recently informed ministers Jetten and Schreinemacher told the House about the government's commitment to raising global climate ambitions and accelerating climate action. The undermining of the climate negotiations by the fossil industry was not addressed in their letter. Together, we call on ministers to urgently push for measures to counter conflicts of interest at the next negotiations.

Photo: Ashley Cooper