Switzerland formulates climate targets at COP28 in Dubai


Dubai – At the opening of the 28th UN Climate Change Conference (COP28) in Dubai, President Alain Berset called for resolutions to phase out oil and gas by 2050 and coal by 2040. He also advocated that recommendations for action be derived from insufficient efforts.

On December 1, President Alain Berset represented Switzerland at the meeting of heads of state at the opening of COP28 in Dubai. At the center of this year’s World Climate Conference is the so-called Global Stocktake, an initial stocktaking to determine where progress has been made and where not. From now on, another one will follow every five years.

“It is the last moment to act and achieve the goal of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees by the end of the century,” Berset was quoted as saying in a press release. This is why Switzerland supports the Global Stocktake. It is intended to highlight the gaps in the reduction of CO2 emissions, adaptation to climate change and climate financing. Recommendations for action are to be derived from this.

Berset has reportedly already called for decisions to phase out oil and gas by 2050 and coal by 2040. Switzerland welcomes the fund for the poorest countries particularly affected by climate change that has now been adopted. “However, she would have liked all countries with high emissions and the financial means to be asked to make contributions.” Against this backdrop and in order to achieve the goal of doubling adaptation funding, Switzerland will provide a total of CHF 170 million for various climate funds over the next four years.

Berset will also take part in discussions on climate financing and the launch of the G7 Climate Club until December 2. From December 8, Federal Councillor Albert Rösti, Head of the Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications, will represent Switzerland. ce/mm