Oxfam reaction to the possibility of “abatement” language in the final text of COP28

Published: 11th December 2023

On the term “abatement” appearing in the final text regarding the phase-out of fossil fuels, Oxfam International’s Climate Change Policy Lead Nafkote Dabi said:

 “Abatement linked to fossil fuel phase-out is a gift served on a silver platter to the fossil fuel industry they will gladly seize to dodge any commitments. It is a dangerous trick that will have catastrophic impacts on communities that are already in a vulnerable position due to climate breakdown.

“The fossil fuel sector will interpret abatement as a ‘free pass’ to continue extracting and selling oil, coal, and gas. This will risk more land grabs in the Global South and lost opportunities for low-income countries while allowing rich countries to continue to justify their extraction of other countries’ natural resources There must be a peak and decline in emissions by 2030 abatement only opens the door to a myriad of risks and must not happen without a phase out wholly based on science.

 “Anything other than a full, fair, funded, and feminist phase-out of fossil fuels will kill this COP’s goal of keeping 1.5°C in sight. Not millions, not billions, but trillions of dollars in new money is needed to make a livable future a reality, and the richest countries that are largely responsible for the climate crisis must agree to provide the finance needed.”

Contact information

Roslyn Boatman in Dubai, UAE | roslyn.boatman@oxfam.org | +216 29076086
Karelia Pallan in Dubai, UAE |
karelia.pallan@oxfam.org | +1 202 329 8283
Annie Thériault in Peru | annie.theriault@oxfam.org | +51 936 307 990

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