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Rishi Sunak should lobby other countries at COP28 climate talks to phase out fossil fuels, MPs say | Climate News

A group of MPs is pressuring Rishi Sunak to lobby other countries to commit to a “phase out” of fossil fuels at next month’s COP28 climate negotiations.

Over 50 cross-party MPs and peers have written to the prime minister with demands they see as critical to ensuring the United Nations summit in Dubai is the “moment that current and future generations need it to be”.

They want the UK to use its influence to bring about the “end [of] the fossil fuel era by urging the phase out of coal, oil and gas,” they said in the letter, shared with Sky News.

The document also urged Mr Sunak him to reinstate a UK climate envoy to ensure Britain’s interests are “fully represented” at the talks – just as John Kerry does for the US.

Greenpeace activists on the roof of Prime Minister Rishi Sunak's house in Richmond, North Yorkshire after covering it in black fabric in protest at his backing for expansion of North Sea oil and gas drilling. Picture date: Thursday August 3, 2023.
Greenpeace activists recently covered the PM’s house in Yorkshire in black fabric to protest his support for North Sea oil and gas drilling. Pic: AP

Rishi Sunak plans to attend this year’s summit in person, along with energy security secretary Claire Coutinho.

The government said it will use COP28 to promote the UK’s success on climate action and use it to “help others”.

But the PM’s commitment to climate action has been questioned recently after he green lit the new Rosebank oil field, handed out new oil and gas licences, and rowed back on some key climate targets.

He is also reportedly planning to use the King’s Speech on Tuesday to double down on anti-green policies.

The government’s “commitment to bold climate action has come under scrutiny in recent months”, the letter said, but added: “UK leadership has never been more critical.”

Conservative peer Zac Goldsmith, one of only two Tories to sign the letter along with Pauline Latham MP, said the UK must use its “hard won status” as a global climate leader to “leverage ambition from other countries”.

Lord Zac resigned as a minister in June in protest of the government’s “apathy” towards the environment.

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This notice was published: 2023-11-03 14:56:00

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