Good COP, bad COP? Experts weigh in on the Egyptian climate summit

A deal struck at COP27 was hailed as a ‘new daybreak for local weather justice’, however restricted progress was made in the case of truly decreasing emissions

For many years, poorer international locations have been imploring richer nations to compensate them for the injury brought on by local weather change. And for many years their calls have gone unanswered. Till now. 

Within the Egyptian desert over the weekend, delegates on the COP27 local weather summit lastly agreed to arrange a ‘loss and injury’ fund to assist growing nations cope with a disaster that they’ve barely contributed to. 

Precise particulars have but to be thrashed out, however the pledge is a massively symbolic step and a giant win from a local weather summit that few had excessive hopes for.

Regardless of the ‘loss and injury’ settlement, nevertheless, COP27 provided scant indicators of progress in the case of truly decreasing emissions. Lacking from the ultimate textual content was any dedication to phase-out fossil fuels – the primary precedence in decreasing emissions.

Right here, three specialists give their verdict on the summit. 

Yeb Saño, head of Greenpeace’s COP delegation

“The settlement for a loss and injury finance fund marks a brand new daybreak for local weather justice. Governments have laid the cornerstone of an extended overdue new fund to ship very important help to susceptible international locations and communities who’re already being devastated by the accelerating local weather disaster.

Shifting ahead into dialogue of the small print of the fund, we have to be certain that the international locations and companies most liable for the local weather disaster make the most important contribution. Meaning new and extra finance for growing international locations and local weather susceptible communities not only for loss and injury, however for adaptation and mitigation too.


Hitherto wealthy international locations have resisted calls to compensate poorer ones for local weather change. Picture: Hamish John Appleby/Local weather Visuals

Developed international locations should make good on the prevailing $100bn (£84bn) per 12 months pledge to help low earnings international locations to ship carbon-cutting insurance policies and enhance resilience to local weather impacts. They need to additionally implement their dedication to at the least double funding for adaptation.

Encouragingly, numerous international locations from north and south voiced their sturdy help for phasing out all fossil fuels – coal, oil and gasoline – which is what implementing the Paris settlement will take. However they have been ignored by the Egyptian COP presidency. Petro-states and a small military of fossil gas lobbyists have been out in power in Sharm el-Sheikh to guarantee that it didn’t occur.

In the long run, if all fossil fuels aren’t quickly phased out no sum of money will be capable of cowl the price of the ensuing loss and injury. It’s that straightforward. When your bathtub is overflowing you flip off the faucets, you don’t wait some time after which exit and purchase a much bigger mop.”

Local weather teams have been left dissatisfied by the dearth of a dedication to phase-out fossil fuels. Picture: Veeterzy

Sara Shaw, Buddies of the Earth Worldwide 

“It’s a aid that the loss and injury fund has lastly been established, after a long time of wrestle. However, proper now, it’s an empty fund, and now we have an enormous problem forward to make sure that developed international locations contribute to it, according to justice and fairness. We should not see a repeat of the abysmal efficiency of wealthy international locations failing to offer the already insufficient $100bn (£84bn) a 12 months promised over a decade in the past.”

Nick Dearden, director of World Justice Now

“Within the final fortnight, the local weather justice motion rallied round a desert in Egypt to demand a radical transformation of our world financial system and society.

The battle for loss and injury was gained, and this deal gives a sliver of hope for susceptible international locations who’re already dealing with the devastating impacts of the local weather disaster. They’ve fought tooth and nail for this consequence and it’s a testomony to their a long time of perseverance that we’re even discussing it in any respect. That is an historic win for them, and for civil society too. It’s a small piece of the justice now we have demanded for therefore lengthy.

There are nonetheless enormous battles forward to make sure this transfer leads to further, equitable funding preparations for loss and injury, and the UK should play a pivotal function in pushing that ahead right here within the West.

However the COP course of should change if we’re to essentially make headway in preventing the local weather disaster. With over 600 fossil gas lobbyists patrolling the halls and placing offers on the aspect for brand new tasks, and even the BP chief government listed as a rustic delegate sitting in negotiations, this was like inviting arsonists to a firefighting conference.”

Fundamental picture: Neil Palmer/IWMI/Local weather Visuals