Asked about his statement on not being indebted to ideological zealots regarding climate change, the Prime Minister, speaking to broadcasters in Dubai, mentioned that it might refer to recent protestors outside his house. He expressed concern about those who advocate for achieving net zero without considering the impact on ordinary families, emphasizing the need to be aware of the consequences for households across the country.
When questioned about which countries should do more to address climate change, Chancellor Rishi Sunak refrained from specifically naming China and praised the United Arab Emirates, the host of Cop28. The Prime Minister, in Dubai, emphasized the collective responsibility of everyone to enhance efforts to reduce emissions.
Responding to skepticism about a major oil producer hosting the summit, the Prime Minister commended the UAE for its leadership, particularly in climate finance. Sunak highlighted the UK’s impressive track record in decarbonization, stating that the country’s success should be a source of pride and emphasizing the support extended to other nations in their transition.
As for concerns that the UK’s reduced climate ambitions might hinder efforts to encourage other countries, the Prime Minister defended the UK’s achievements in decarbonization, asserting that it outpaced other major economies. He expressed pride in this record during his meetings, stating that other countries appreciate the support they receive from the UK in their transition.
Sultan Al Jaber, the President of Cop28 in the UAE, is currently addressing the conference, urging delegates to maintain flexibility and collaborate during the negotiations. He emphasizes the importance of ensuring that countries in the global south do not have to choose between development and climate action. Al Jaber expresses the hope that Cop28 will be the conference where promises of financial support to the global south are fulfilled, urging delegates to work towards delivering positive outcomes.
Acknowledging the challenges ahead in the next two weeks, he stresses that everyone comprehends the gravity of the situation, and there is a need to accelerate progress with a “positive can-do attitude.” Al Jaber encourages the delivery of good news to the world during the conference.