Fossil fuel companies have more than 500 people at COP26, more than any other country, according to a report

The list included people directly affiliated with fossil fuel companies, including Shell, Gazprom and BP, as well as attendees as members of delegations and groups acting on behalf of the fossil fuel industry.

The analysis found that the fossil fuel lobby had about two dozen more than the country’s largest delegation.

They also outnumber the event’s official indigenous constituency by about two to one, as well as the number of delegates from the eight countries most affected by climate change in the last two decades: Puerto Rico, Myanmar, Haiti, the Philippines, Mozambique. , the Bahamas, Bangladesh and Pakistan.

“The presence of hundreds of people being paid to further the toxic interests of polluting fossil fuel companies will only heighten skepticism from climate activists who see these talks as further proof of the hesitation and delay of world leaders.” said Murray Worthy, Gas Campaign. leader in Global Witness.

“The scale of the challenge ahead of us means there is no time for face-lift or no-nonsense corporate promises to be diverted. It is time for politicians to show they are serious about ending influence. big polluters in political decision-making and committing to a future in which the voices of experts and activists take center stage. “

Canada, Russia and Brazil were among the countries that registered members of the fossil fuel industry to attend.

When asked why the event organizers had allowed so many people from the industry to attend, COP26 President Alok Sharma said: “At the end of the day, it is up to the parties and observers who obtain accreditation as a party. of their delegations “.

Patricia Espinosa, executive secretary of the UN climate agency, said the UN did not invite or recognize any official delegation from fossil fuel companies, but that the agency had no control over which people from each country registered as delegates.

“It is really the sovereign right of every government to accredit each representative as part of its delegations, to the people it deems appropriate,” said Espinosa. “We do not allow lobbying or open promotion of oil and gas, of course, that would go against the objectives of the Paris Agreement and the convention.”

The analysis comes amid mounting criticism from civil society groups that the event is not as inclusive as promised. COP26 President Alok Sharma has pointed to the need for social distancing as the reason why some people, including those with observer status, have not been able to enter the rooms where negotiations are taking place.

A recent report by the United Nations Environment Program showed that many of the world’s largest fossil fuel producers are still plans to increase production in the coming years, and it will consume far more fossil fuels in 2030 than is consistent with global climate promises.

The analysis used the plans of 15 major economies to estimate that the world will produce roughly 110% more coal, oil and gas in 2030 than would be necessary to limit warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and 45% more than what would be consistent with 2 degrees.

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