There is no business as usual
The recent COP27 conference produced very little in terms of meaningful commitments to reduce emissions. The overwhelming view of the negotiations, other than some progress on loss and damage, is that they were a failure, and that if anything we are further away from 1.5 degrees than we were before the conference. It’s not hard to see why.
Most of the week felt like a networking event on steroids. With so many events on simultaneously, the Blue Zone felt like a shouting match at times, with everyone jostling for their five minutes of attention. But it’s not only CEOs, government ministers and activists who were exchanging LinkedIn profiles. In a year in which the Russia-Ukraine war has triggered an energy crisis more than 600 fossil fuel lobbyists attended the conference, no doubt sensing an opportunity.