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COP28: What we need to see 

E3G media advisory

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E3G experts at COP28 for in-person background, quotes, and analysis 

Nick Mabey OBE (EN), co-CEO and co-founder, (climate diplomacy, foreign policy, macroeconomics)  
m: +44 (0)7949 768 771 |

Alex Scott (EN), E3G Programme Lead, (climate diplomacy, climate finance, adaptation finance, loss and damage)  
m: +44 7482 750760 | 

Lisa Fischer (EN, DE),E3G Programme Lead, (gas, energy diplomacy & geopolitics, renewables, fossil fuels)  
m: +44 (0)7710 167 754 |  

Alden Meyer (EN), Senior Associate, (UNFCCC and G7/G20 dynamics, multilateral climate and clean energy diplomacy, mitigation ambition, climate finance, US policy and politics)  
m: +1-202-378-8619 | 

Tom Evans (EN), E3G Policy Advisor, (climate ambition, the Global Stocktake, UNFCCC processes and COP28, climate diplomacy & geopolitics)  
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Ana Mulio Alvarez (EN, ES), E3G Researcher, (UNFCCC, loss and damage, adaptation) 
m: +32 490 000 514 / +34 639 916 760 |  

Byford Tsang (EN, CN), E3G Senior Policy Advisor, (China, including domestic and international climate pledges, EU-China relations)
m: +44 (0) 7508 759 872 |

Anusha Mata (EN), E3G Senior Policy Advisor, (fossil fuel transition, coal phase-out) 
m: +44 (0)7817 560 411 | 

Laura Sabogal Reyes (EN, ES, DE), E3G Senior Policy Advisor, (Public banks – multilateral development banks, bilateral development banks – Paris Alignment, climate finance, nature finance, innovative financial mechanisms, E3G Public Bank Climate Tracker Matrix website) 
m: +49 160 96466368 |    

Leo Roberts (EN), E3G Programme Lead, (JETPs, coal phase-out, power sector transitions particularly Global South) 
m: +44 (0) 7908 664 334 |  

Kate Levick (EN), E3G Associate Director and Co-Head of the Transition Plan Taskforce Secretariat, (International and UK sustainable finance, public and private sector finance, financial initiatives, climate disclosure, transition planning, financial regulation, non state actor accountability)
m: +44 (0) 7860 861225 | 

Jurei Yada (EN, FR, PL, JP), E3G Programme Lead, (EU sustainable finance, ESG, EU regulations including sustainability reporting standards) 
m: +32 (0)4 92 11 38 68 |  

Tsvetelina Kuzmanova (EN, BG, KR), E3G Senior Policy Advisor, (EU sustainable finance, taxonomies, mandatory disclosure regulation) 
m: +32 (0) 483 989 651 |   

Dileimy Orozco (EN, ES), E3G Senior Policy Advisor, (Development banks and private finance, green recovery, IFA reforms)
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Ignacio Arroniz Velasco (EN, FR, ES), E3G Senior Policy Advisor, (EU climate diplomacy and foreign policy, trade & climate, climate & security nexus) 
m: +34 (0) 689 768 246 / +32 (0) 497 491 492 |  

E3G experts closely following the proceedings from our offices, also available for background, quotes, and analysis. 

Johanna Lehne(EN, DE), E3G Programme Lead, (Industry decarbonisation including steel, industrial policy, circular economy, built environment, trade policy) 
m: +44 (0) 770 848 6383 |    

Jonny Peters (EN), E3G Senior Policy Advisor, (trade, CBAM) 
m: +44 (0) 7954 201 039 | 

Larissa Gross (EN), E3G Programme Lead, (sustainable cooling, clean heat, energy efficiency)  
m: +44 (0) 7712 537 874 | 

Maria Pastukhova (EN, DE, JA, RU), E3G Senior Policy Advisor, (international energy diplomacy, geopolitics of the energy transition, methane) 
m: +49 (0) 160 901 67735 |   

Camilla Fenning (EN), E3G Programme Lead, (coal phase-out, international coal transition, financing coal exit, fossil fuel transition)
m: +44 7961 047 835 | 

Franklin Steves (EN, RU, SP, FR), E3G Senior Policy Advisor, (international financial architecture reform, Bridgetown Initiative, CAF reform, climate finance) 
m: +44 7484 815 434 |  

Dileimy Orozco (EN, ES), E3G Senior Policy Advisor, (development banks and private finance, green recovery, debt burden, IFA reforms)  
m: +44 7876 301 615 | 

Ronan Palmer (EN), E3G Associate Director, (financing the clean economy, Bridgetown Initiative, debt, fiscal space, public banks, international development) 
m: +353 89 491 7948 |   

Sima Kammourieh (EN, FR, DE, AR), E3G Programme Lead, (international financial regulation and standards, G7/G20 finance ministers) 
m: +49 (0) 160 9596 4443 | 

Heather McKay (EN), E3G Senior Policy Advisor, (UK sustainable finance, the UK Net Zero Strategy) 
m: +44 7707 275 359 |

Juan Pablo Osornio (EN, DE, SP, FR), E3G Programme Lead, (international rules, standards and regulations for global decarbonisation) 
m: +49 (0) 151 1676 2877 | 

  • Strengthening global cooperation is a critical path to facing the climate crisis. COP28, from 30th November – 12th December in Dubai, UAE, will bring the world together to focus minds on the climate crisis, strengthening collaboration at a time when we need it most. 
  • The UN climate conference is an opportunity to escalate the ambition needed to match the urgency of the task at hand. Governments and organisations at COP28 will need to agree on bolder actions to close the emissions gap, protect the most climate vulnerable and accelerate financial system transformation.  
  • New agreements and commitments by governments and businesses in response to the Global Stocktake can sketch a transformational roadmap to get global climate action on track in this critical decade for keeping a climate safe 1.5-degree world within reach. 


Progress since the 2015 Paris Agreement has driven significant action across countries and sectors. But this has been incremental, and we are still heading the wrong way fast. The response at COP28 is a chance to course-correct global climate action to meet the challenge head-on. 

  • COP28 must close the emissions gap by agreeing a phase-out of fossil fuels, including an immediate end to new coal power plants, and by accelerating the energy transition with new finance and ambition for a renewable energy revolution. A COP28 agreement on goals to triple global renewable capacity and double the rate of energy efficiency improvement by 2030, alongside accelerating fossil fuel phase-out is critical. This will stimulate clean energy investment and help countries to develop ambitious and effective policies and pathways for their just energy transition. An ambitious COP outcome based on consensus will be crucial in tilting the policy and investment landscape to renewables. 
  • COP28 must protect the most climate vulnerable with new funding to manage climate risks and create a UNFCCC framework for adaptation goals. Developing countries will be looking to make the loss and damage fund a reality by agreeing its set-up and bringing new money at scale to fill it. Climate vulnerable countries want to see more political attention on access to adaptation finance and a new agreed framework for the Global Goal on Adaptation – this would ensure more action on the ground and more money going to where it’s needed.   
  • COP28 must accelerate financial system transformation for a transition to cleaner, low-emission and more resilient economies. The $100bn climate finance promise remains unmet, but far greater scales of finance are needed to resource climate action and development properly. Since Barbadian Prime Minister Mia Mottley and Assistant Secretary-General Selwin Hart blasted reforming the financial architecture onto the COP26 stage in Glasgow in 2021, there has been strong political support for transforming the financial system, especially from the Global South. COP28 needs to mobilise the strong political will behind reforming the financial system onto a practical pathway for delivering reforms and new capital. The Global North will be under pressure to up its game and demonstrate cooperation to match the leadership of Global South countries. The COP28 World Climate Action Summit on 1st and 2nd December will be a major chance for world leaders to concretise the global financial architecture reform agenda. 


Tom Evans, Policy Advisor E3G said: 

“The Global Stocktake has laid bare the course correction we urgently need to safeguard our future. COP28 must make leaps and bounds in this new direction. Together, agreements on ambitious global goals for renewable energy and energy efficiency, a loss and damage fund and a rewired financial system are the basis of a transformational roadmap for global climate action coming out of Dubai, setting us on a course to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement.” 

Camilla Fenning, Programme Lead at E3G said: 

“The UAE COP President has been clear that the world must work towards an energy system free of unabated fossil fuels by mid-century, with action on coal being a priority. At COP, countries need to nail down fossil fuel phase-out language (including specifics on coal) in the decision text, complemented by goals to triple global renewable capacity and double the rate of energy efficiency improvements by 2030.  

Clean energy expansion and a narrowing window for fossil fuel demand is the economic reality. COP is where political will is required to expedite energy transition as a global priority.”  

Ana Mulio Alvarez, Researcher at E3G said: 

“COP28 could deliver many historical moments for Loss and Damage. Countries must agree on and operationalize a Loss and Damage Fund and come to the table with early pledges to fill this Fund. Parties must also decide on a host for the Santiago Network on Loss and Damage and its role in the new Fund or Funding Arrangements.  

However, for this new architecture to be successful, world leaders must design and develop new pathways for innovative sources of finance fit for purpose. Overall, progress must be made on the ecosystem of Loss and Damage to ensure vulnerable countries and communities that are already suffering the consequences of Climate Change are not left behind.”  

Alex Scott, Programme Lead at E3G said: 

“COP28 has a massive role to play in setting the political direction for a transformational shift in climate ambition. But without finance and economic confidence, countries won’t be able to act at the pace and scale needed. COP28’s World Leaders’ segment can align political will for finance system transformation, and direct negotiators to set clear expectations of the roles that finance ministries, development banks, and finance institutions must play to deliver a 1.5°C pathway.” 

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Notes to Editors 

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