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IEA Chief: US-China disagreement holds back clean energy development

09/05/2023 - 03:34

Fatih Birol urged these nations to "unite to make progress on climate issues".

U.S. Department of Agriculture
U.S. Department of Agriculture
The 28th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP28), which will be held in Dubai from November 30 to December 12, could put an end to geopolitical differences between the US and China that are impeding the growth of sustainable energy, said Fatih Birol, Chief of the IEA, in an interview with Agence France-Presse (AFP).

"I very much hope that during COP28, the United States and China - the two largest emitters of greenhouse gases - will put aside their economic and political differences," he said, urging the two nations to "come together to make progress on climate issues."

Head of the IEA thinks that these conflicts are impeding the growth of clean energy. "When I consider the future of energy and climate, it seems to me that the clean energy issue taking center stage is the best and most optimistic program," said Birol.

Birol claims that conflicts on the international stage, particularly those brought on by the situation in Ukraine, "are becoming more and more pronounced." They "put the future in great doubt," the head of the IEA stated, because "cooperation between the major players in the world will become much more challenging."