The 28th UN climate conference, or COP, is the biggest ever.
Hosted by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) it will only be a success if it restricts fossil fuels. So, the Exxon CEO and a record 2,456 delegates from fossil fuel companies are scrambling to stop that.
That’s 3x more delegates than America.
They are being helped by at least 550 delegates from management consultancies, led by EY and McKinsey.
PR and advertising agencies pushing greenwashing for the hosts UAE and their state oil company ADNOC includes Edelman (with 64 delegates), CT Group, and First National Resources, hired to “counteract all negative press and media reports,” and “inoculate Dr. Al Jaber and COP28 from any potential criticism.”
Australia at COP
Our analysis found there are more than 400 Australian delegates including three from the Minerals Council of Australia.
The Australian Industry Greenhouse Network, whose members include the Minerals Council, gas lobbyist Australian Energy Producers, and other big polluters had two delegates, including the Head of Corporate Affairs for Glencore, the world’s biggest coal exporter.
The official Australian delegation included the ‘Low Carbon Policy and Advocacy Manager’ for BP.
Where was Santos you may ask? They had their own display at COP26, selling the greenwashing fiction of carbon capture and storage (CCS).
Well, Santos didn’t need to be there because it had just signed a deal with the UAE’s state petroleum company ADNOC to explore burying its carbon in Australia. You read that right.
Speaking of carbon capture…
Check out this greenwashing beauty for ADNOC by Fusion Five Advertising, part of the Tribe Global Network that includes Australian agency Andpeople.