Navigating the future: Highlights from COP 28 in Dubai

December 20, 2023

COP 28


Unprecedented agreement signals a renewable energy era

After two intense weeks of discussions with delegations from around the world, the 28th Conference of the Parties (COP 28) in Dubai, UAE, concluded with a landmark agreement. This agreement is notable for its focus on renewable energy, energy efficiency, and the phasing out of fossil fuels, heralding a new era of renewable energy.

Key Takeaways from COP 28:

  • Pathways for energy transition

The UAE Consensus and the Global Stock Take (GST) report on the Paris Agreement have provided a roadmap for accelerating the energy transition. This is essential to limit global warming to 1.5°C by mid-century. The negotiations have, for the first time, urged countries to transition away from fossil fuels in a just, orderly, and equitable manner, while also promoting low- and zero-carbon options to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.

  • Energy efficiency and renewable energy: The cornerstones of clean energy transition

The UAE Consensus calls for a significant increase in renewable energy capacity and energy efficiency improvements by 2030. These technologies, both cost-competitive and effective, are crucial for immediate emissions reduction. The 2030 target emphasises the urgency of this decisive decade.

  • Global support and pledges

During COP 28, 130 countries pledged to support these energy efficiency and renewable energy goals. The BCSE joined the Mission Efficiency Call to Action, committing to collaborate with governments on energy efficiency solutions. Additionally, over 250 supporters of the 3X Renewables Campaign, including global companies and business associations, aim for 11,000 GW of renewable capacity by 2030.

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Public-private partnerships: The way forward

The public-private partnerships for finance, technology, and policy solutions to achieve these ambitious goals are essential.

Addressing the plight of vulnerable countries

COP 28 marked the operationalisation of a new fund to address loss and damage, a crucial demand of developing countries. With a starting capital of nearly $700 million, this fund acknowledges the disproportionate climate impacts on vulnerable nations.

Climate action: "We are all in the same canoe."

With a historic turnout of 85,000 attendees, the conference underscores the universal nature of climate action. The growing size of the event reflects the reality that the implementation of the Paris Agreement is a redirection of the global economy. The scale of such a task requires a whole-of-society conversation. As stated by the COP 23 Fijian Presidency, "We are all in the same canoe."

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