A massive contribution. The United States has committed to providing an additional $3 billion to the Green Climate Fund, announced the Vice-President of the United States, Kamala Harris, at COP28 in Dubai (United Arab Emirates), Saturday, December 2. Created by the UN in 2010, this fund’s mission is to help developing countries limit the consequences of climate change. Washington has not announced a new contribution since 2014. The White House’s commitment will, however, have to be approved by the American Congress. Follow the summit in our live stream.
Around twenty countries are calling for tripling nuclear capacities in the world by 2050. These countries, including the United States and France, intend to reduce global energy dependence on coal and gas. The joint announcement was made by John Kerry, the US climate envoy, along with several leaders, including French President Emmanuel Macron.
The United States unveils its plan to combat methane emissions from the oil and gas industry. The American Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) presented its new regulations on Saturday in Dubai to combat this particularly powerful greenhouse gas. In particular, it plans to ban gas flaring at new installations in the United States, and require companies to use technology to monitor methane leaks.
Japan will stop building coal-fired power plants without CO2 capture. Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida made the commitment during a speech in Dubai on Friday. The archipelago, heavily dependent on imported coal and other fossil fuels, is seeking to become carbon neutral by 2050. But according to some experts like Leo Roberts, a researcher at the climate think tank E3G, this change is a “back door” to increase the lifespan of “fossil fuel infrastructure” existing.