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COP28 President Wins Award for Sustainable Energy Leadership

Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, the President of COP28 (the 2023 United Nations Climate Change Conference), received the “CERAWeek Leadership Award for Building Global Consensus towards a Sustainable Energy Future” from CERAWeek by S&P Global. This prestigious award recognized his extraordinary leadership in delivering the UAE Consensus, a groundbreaking agreement that outlined concrete pathways for countries and industries to transition to sustainable energy systems and keep global warming within 1.5°C.

The UAE Consensus: A Landmark Climate Agreement

The UAE Consensus, achieved during COP28 in Dubai, was a historic achievement in global climate action. It secured several critical commitments from all participating countries, including:

  1. Transition away from fossil fuels: A commitment to transition away from fossil fuels in energy systems in a just, orderly, and equitable manner.
  2. Renewable energy targets: Time-bound targets to triple global renewable energy capacity and double energy efficiency by 2030.
  3. Inclusive approach: The consensus was reached through a spirit of multilateralism, inclusivity, and partnership, bringing together governments, industries, civil society, and other stakeholders.

The Oil and Gas Decarbonization Charter

During COP28, Dr. Al Jaber also launched the Oil and Gas Decarbonization Charter (OGDC), which aims to decarbonize the oil and gas industry. The charter has gained significant support, with 52 companies representing almost 40% of global oil production signing up. These companies have committed to achieving net-zero emissions by or before 2050, eliminating routine flaring by 2030, and reducing methane emissions to zero by 2030.

Commercializing Clean Technologies and Mobilizing Finance

Dr. Al Jaber emphasized the need for “smart policies to commercialize clean technologies” and stressed the importance of mobilizing finance to support the energy transition. He called for increased climate finance to ensure that renewable energy capacity is tripled by 2030 and that developing countries are not left behind.

A Massive Opportunity for Businesses and the Climate

While acknowledging the scale of the energy transition challenge, Dr. Al Jaber highlighted the enormous socio-economic opportunities it presents for businesses and the climate. He encouraged attendees to view climate action not as a burden but as a massive opportunity for decarbonized growth, leveraging the engineering know-how, capabilities, talent, technology, and resources of the energy industry.

The UAE Consensus and Dr. Al Jaber’s leadership in delivering this landmark agreement have set a clear roadmap for global climate action, bringing together diverse stakeholders and positioning the energy transition as a path to sustainable development and economic prosperity.

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