Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt – Yeb Saño, Executive Director, Greenpeace Southeast Asia and Head of the Greenpeace delegation attending the COP said: “While this is merely a skeleton of the Egyptian Presidency’s draft of a COP cover note Greenpeace is shocked that it has no backbone. It is scarcely credible that they have forgotten all about fossil fuels especially with the level of carbon cartel capture present here in Sharm el-Sheikh.”

“Everywhere you look in Sharm el-Sheikh you can see and hear the influence of the fossil fuel industry. They have shown up in record numbers to try and decouple climate action from a fossil fuel phase out.”

“India clearly put all fossil fuels on the phase down negotiating table. The EU could not have been simpler in calling for a phase out. And, Tuvalu powerfully connected transitioning away from fossil fuels with staying below 1.5C as a human right. The ever present COP chroniclers of the Egyptian Presidency somehow seem to have failed to record any of it.”

The cover note must make it clear that limiting temperature rise to 1.5C by 2100 is the only acceptable interpretation of the Paris Agreement and acknowledge the 1.5°C aligned global phase out dates for the production and consumption of coal, gas and oil.”



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