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U.A.E. plans huge oil and gas expansion as it hosts UN climate summit

By Damian Carrington

04 Apr 2023 · 5 min read

Editor's Note

The United Arab Emirates which hosts COP28 has oil and gas expansion plans that go beyond the International Energy Agency's 2050 net zero plans. Climate activists have this a mockery of the summit.

The United Arab Emirates, which is hosting this year’s UN climate summit, has the third biggest net zero-busting plans for oil and gas expansion in the world, the Guardian can reveal. Its plans are surpassed only by Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

The CEO of the UAE’s national oil company, Adnoc, has been controversially appointed president of the UN’s Cop28 summit in December, which is seen as crucial with time running out to end the climate crisis. But Sultan Al Jaber is overseeing expansion to produce oil and gas equivalent to 7.5bn barrels of oil, according to new data, 90% of which would have to remain in the ground to meet the net zero scenario set out by the International Energy Agency.

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