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Cop29 host Azerbaijan to hike gas output by a third over next decade

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🗞️ Driving the news: Azerbaijan, host of the upcoming UN climate talks (Cop29), plans a significant increase in fossil fuel production 
The country aims to boost its annual gas output by 12 billion cubic meters over the next decade, a critical period for global climate action

🔭 The context: This expansion relies on Azerbaijan's Shah Deniz gasfield, one of the world's largest 
The expected extraction of 411 billion cubic meters of gas over ten years will result in emissions of 781 million tonnes of CO2

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: The move is contradictory to global efforts to reduce fossil fuel reliance, especially as the country presides over crucial climate negotiations 
Critics highlight the conflict of interest, comparing it to previous controversial appointments in climate leadership roles

⏭️ What's next: Azerbaijan is positioning itself as a key gas supplier to Europe, especially in the wake of reduced Russian gas supplies 
However, concerns are raised about the country's fossil fuel agenda influencing its role in climate talks.

💬 One quote: "We need climate policymaking to be run by climate leaders, not countries with a vested interest in keeping the world hooked on oil and gas." (Dominic Eagleton of Global Witness critiques)

📈 One stat: Azerbaijan's planned gas production increase over the next decade is projected to emit more than double the UK's annual carbon emissions

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