138 European civil society organisations have written an open letter to leading decisionmakers at COP26, urging them to curb the fossil fuel industry’s influence on climate decision making.
The letter provides a list of 5 clear demands that simultaneously describe how the fossil fuel industry blocks effective climate decision making.
- Recognise that the public interest in urgent climate action in line with keeping global heating to below 1.5oC is not compatible with the private interests of fossil fuel companies
- Support the adoption of a strong conflict of interest policy at the UNFCCC to raise ambition
- Protect official spaces at and around COP26 from fossil fuel industry influence
- Close the revolving door between your own institutions and the fossil fuel industry
- The UK and EU should introduce a firewall between the fossil fuel industry and decision-makers
The letter addresses UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, COP26 President, Alok Sharma, European Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen, Executive Vice President for the European Green Deal, Frans Timmermans and Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC, Patricia Espinoza and concludes with a request for a face-to-face meeting at COP26.