World leaders must ensure that the COP28 climate summit is the COP of climate credibility, says WWF. The agreements made in Dubai must be aligned with the urgency of the climate crisis, and the scale of efforts needed to address it.
At the most consequential climate talks since the Paris Agreement was born in 2015, a key decision from Dubai will centre on the ‘Global Stocktake’ and its first assessment of progress towards achieving the aims of the agreement. In response, COP28 must deliver a course-correcting roadmap to shape the future of climate action on a global scale.
In recent years the European Union has played a leading role in pushing for progress at the international level, including the establishment of the Loss and Damage Fund last year. This year’s COP comes at a pivotal moment, with a stocktake of global climate ambition as the main focus and major decisions on fossil fuel phase out, renewable energy, energy efficiency and finance also on the table. It also marks a “changing of the guard” on the EU front as Wopke Hoekstra takes over the reins from Frans Timmermans as Commissioner for climate.
Alex Mason, Head of Climate and Energy at WWF European Policy Office
, said: “In advance of COP28 the EU has said
that it “Urgently calls for increased global action and ambition in this critical decade” to keep the 1.5ºC objective within reach. Fine words. But given its wealth and responsibility for historical emissions it should walk the talk - both in Dubai and the months to come - by increasing its outdated 55% target for 2030, committing to reaching climate neutrality by 2040, and massively scaling up financial support for the Global South.”
Stephen Cornelius, WWF Global Deputy Climate and Energy Lead
, said: “We need to see a fit-for-purpose Loss and Damage Fund, too. Agreeing the creation of the fund was a success of the climate summit last year, now countries must work to fully operationalize the Fund, with substantial pledges of new money.”
Fernanda Carvalho, WWF Climate and Energy Policy Lead
, said: “Leaders must agree to a global plan to phase out all fossil fuels. Ending the production and use of fossil fuels and transitioning to 100% renewable energy is the solution that will have the largest climate change impact at scale.”
On Wednesday, right before COP28’s kick-off, the EU will have to pass a climate leadership test of its own with the vote
on the Nature Restoration Law in the ENVI Committee of the European Parliament.
“If the Committee falls short of finding a majority for this crucial law, the EU will enter COP28 facing massive international embarrassment for failing to tackle the climate and biodiversity crises in its own backyard while calling on others to do so. The EU must go to COP28 being one step closer to having the world’s first law to restore nature,” said Sabien Leemans, Senior Biodiversity Policy Officer at WWF European Policy Office
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Notes for Editors
WWF’s COP28 expectations paper is available here
, and all WWF’s COP information is on our website www.panda.org/cop28
. Below is a summary of the essential outcomes: