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Former UK energy secretary optimistic about Cop28’s impact on climate change

On a visit to the Dubai meeting, he urged his nation to remain a leader in climate action despite recent criticism.

On a visit to the Dubai meeting, he urged his nation to remain a leader in climate action despite recent criticism.

Positive Outlook:

Former UK Energy Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng expressed optimism during his visit to the UN conference in Dubai, indicating a positive trajectory for Cop28’s potential impact on addressing climate change. 

Notably, he highlighted a tangible commitment to addressing fossil fuel emissions, marking a significant shift at Cop conferences.

Signs of Progress:

Kwarteng noted a noteworthy commitment to tackle fossil fuel emissions, citing it as a first-time occurrence at a Cop conference. He expressed satisfaction with the ongoing Cop28 discussions, emphasizing a promising atmosphere and an overall positive sentiment.

Private Sector Involvement:

Highlighting the importance of private sector engagement, Kwarteng emphasized the need for active participation from businesses in the pursuit of climate change mitigation efforts. He stressed the significance of their involvement in limiting the adverse impacts of climate change.

Response to Criticism:

Addressing criticisms aimed at current UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s perceived dilution of green commitments, Kwarteng defended the country’s environmental efforts. 

He refuted claims of a significant departure from prior initiatives, citing achievements like the electric vehicle (EV) rollout and the success in reducing coal dependence for electricity generation.

Sustaining Leadership Position:

Kwarteng highlighted the UK’s continued leadership role in decarbonization efforts, citing successful endeavors such as the advancement in offshore wind energy. 

He highlighted the remarkable progress in transitioning away from coal, indicating a shift from 40% reliance in 2012 to zero contribution in recent times.

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