Cop28 will have the biggest carbon footprint in the event's history after UAE ... trends now

Cop28 will have the biggest carbon footprint in the event's history after UAE ... trends now
Cop28 will have the biggest carbon footprint in the event's history after UAE ... trends now

Cop28 will have the biggest carbon footprint in the event's history after UAE ... trends now

COP28 will have the biggest carbon footprint in the event's history due to the large number of attendees flying in, experts have warned.

Some 400,000 people are expected to travel to Dubai between November 30 and December 12 for the UN's annual Climate Change Conference. 

This includes 97,000 registered as official delegates with access to the security-protected inner 'Blue Zone' for accredited government figures and companies.

The number of registered delegates has soared from 49,704 at COP27 last year in Egypt and 38,457 in Scotland in 2021. In sum, attendance has tripled since 2019.

Glasgow's conference set a record for emissions, pumping out some 102,500 tons of carbon dioxide - roughly what 8,000 Brits produce in a year.

But with so many flocking to the UAE this month, some expect COP28 to build on a worrying new trend. 

Richard Black, senior associate of the green Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit think tank told The Telegraph: 'Given the number of people expected here, yes this probably will have the highest carbon footprint to date.' 

This includes 97,000 registered as official delegates with access to the security-protected inner 'Blue Zone'. Pictured: world leaders and delegates walk at Dubai's Expo City, Dec 1

This includes 97,000 registered as official delegates with access to the security-protected inner 'Blue Zone'. Pictured: world leaders and delegates walk at Dubai's Expo City, Dec 1

King Charles III (C) speaks with Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani (R) as they pose for a photo during the COP28 United Nations climate summit in Dubai on December 1, 2023

King Charles III (C) speaks with Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani (R) as they pose for a photo during the COP28 United Nations climate summit in Dubai on December 1, 2023

A general view at UNFCCC COP28 Climate Conference at Expo City Dubai on December 1

A general view at UNFCCC COP28 Climate Conference at Expo City Dubai on December 1

The conference, intended for governments to agree on policies to limit and manage environmental impact, has become steadily more popular over the years, attracting government officials, companies and delegates from far and wide.

When COP began in the mid-1990s, its attendance averaged just 5,000, according to Bloomberg. This year, the whole event is expected to attract 80 times that.

That accounts for the wider Green Zone, open to all, and the inner Blue Zone, protected and reserved for 'officials'.

The outer Green Zone is a space for paying organisations to show off what they are doing about climate change and meet potential customers. The Green Zones are not officially tacked onto the COP programme but run as a regular extension.

The Blue Zone invites countries, territories and their representatives to negotiate over climate change agreements and actions inside. Each region receives its own pavilion to put on exhibitions, receptions and presentations, and can host a number of delegates.

The worry is that COPs have expanded to such an extent that the conferences themselves may now be contributing to large and unnecessary emissions spikes. In Glasgow, it was expected that about 60 per cent of summit emissions came from international flights.

The conferences also risk growing

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