Greenbank's Nicola Day: Reflection on the highlights and challenges of COP28

‘Phase out’ or ‘transition away’?

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One day after the official closing date the “UAE Consensus” finally emerged from COP28, representing the final agreed text.

It included a myriad of statements (over 11,000 words) carefully crafted and agreed by consensus across 197 nations. Among the vast text there was however one 34-word sentence that was top of the agenda for all the delegates that I met at COP 28, and this was the statement with a commitment to "transition away" from fossil fuels in energy systems. UAE Consensus delivers 'landmark' deal to transition away from fossil fuels Many are heralding this steer away from incumbent systems as an important step in the ‘beginning of the end' of the fossil fuel era. The wording is not per...

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