May 2, 2023

COP28 Must Be the Turning Point for a Fossil Fuel-Free Future

As climate diplomats and about 40 ministers from across the globe gather in Berlin for the Petersberg Dialogue. Campaigners are calling on the meeting to lay the framework for the UN climate talks in UAE (COP28) later this year. In order to keep global heating to 1.5°C the final cover decision must include the equitable phase-out of all fossil fuels – coal, oil, and gas – and establish the goal to install 1.5 Terawatt (TW) of renewable energy yearly for 2030.

This meeting, hardly known outside of diplomatic circles, is an essential part of the road to COP28 routine for key negotiators and ministers: It is at this meeting they will identify priorities and common expectations for the big climate conference later in Dubai. Equitable phase-out of fossil fuels and Renewable Energy targets are both in the concept note and on the agenda of their meeting. 

Joseph Zane Sikulu Pacific Managing Director for said: 

Over the last two months, we have seen two tropical cyclones tear through Vanuatu within the span of one week, devastating communities. 1.5 degrees isn’t just a target for the Pacific, it is a limit. To stay below that limit, we need a phase-out of fossil fuels and a fast, fair, and financed transition into renewable energy. We bear almost no historical responsibility for the climate crisis but are willing to lead, there is still hope and the solutions to this crisis exist.” =

Andreas Sieber,  Policy and Campaigns Associate Director at

The recent IPCC was a final wake-up call for the decisive decade and the oil CEO COP28 president, Sultan Al Jaber has so far rather hit the snooze button. He must not be able to again hide behind the same few blockers with vested interests. Negotiators must go a step further and form a strong united coalition for a COP28 cover decision to phase out all fossil fuels and simultaneously massively scale up the deployment of renewable energy. It’s long past time for him to wake up.”