COP26 ‘greenwash’ events run by polluting companies, reports The Ferret

INVESTIGATION by PAUL DOBSON  in The Ferret

Thirty-five official side-events at the COP26 climate summit are being organised by, or feature, big polluting companies or the lobby groups that represent them, The Ferret can reveal.

Among the groups arranging events at the conference are the global oil and gas trade association, lobby groups from the meat and dairy industries, and representatives of the world’s nuclear energy sector.

Environmental groups said that the list of COP26 events “reads like a who’s who of greenwash”. They added that the events and exhibits presented “unique lobbying opportunities” for polluting corporates, and would allow “their key messages to echo” throughout the summit.

The list of corporate-linked meetings include 21 events taking place alongside the main negotiations in the UN-managed Blue Zone. Some 16 of these are being organised by big polluters themselves, while a further five feature speakers from them.

COP26 Blue and Green zone events

The Blue Zone will also showcase 10 permanent exhibits by organisations with links to polluting companies, including the fossil fuel industry.

Another 14 side-events hosted by, or including speakers from, polluting corporations are scheduled for the UK Government managed Green Zone.

The UK Government said that all of the corporate speakers in the Green Zone had “met robust criteria” and set “credible action plans for reducing their emissions”.

A spokesperson for the global oil and gas industry said the sector was “transitioning to meet the global challenge that is climate change”.

At least six corporate-linked events are also planned for plush locales near, but outside, the main conference area.

Scottish oilfield services company Wood Group is one of the companies organising an event on the fringes of the summit. Its invite only meeting – which will run for 13 days – will be hosted at St Vincent Plaza, an eight minute drive away from the main conference.

The full story is on The Ferret website

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