Oil Industry Seeks Meaningful Role at COP27

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The UN climate talks — now less than three months away — could give a more prominent voice to oil- and gas-producing countries and industry players. That voice is critical for turning climate objectives into results, says Brian Sullivan, executive director of global oil and gas association Ipieca, in emailed responses to Energy Intelligence. Ipieca was founded at the request of the UN Environment Programme in 1974 and says it remains the industry’s principal channel of engagement with the UN. Due to be hosted this year by Egypt at its Red Sea resort town of Sharm El-Sheikh, this year’s COP27 conference will aim to advance implementation of the Paris Agreement and deliver on a broad range of items agreed at COP26 in Glasgow last year. "If the world is going to stay on track to hit the Paris Agreement goals, then all parties and solutions have a part to play," Sullivan says.

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