Global Witness gathered data of the delegates attending COP26 and found that some of the participants of national delegations are also affiliated to the fossil fuels industry, 27 of them to be exact, including Canada, Russia, and the US.
The fossil fuel lobby at COP is larger than the combined eight delegations of the countries that have suffered the most under the climate emergency. This statistic is terrifying and only highlights the inefficiency of these empty diplomatic conversations.
The International Emissions Trading Association (IETA) is the number one fossil fuel company represented at COP with 103 delegates. They promote carbon offsetting and carbon trading to continue working with fossil fuels through a transitional period to “business as usual”.
Allowing fossil fuel companies a seat at the table should be a clear sign of who politicians are listening to…