EFG at COP28: Geoscience’s Role in Climate Action

The European Federation of Geologists (EFG) is set to spread the word about the importance of geoscience for society at COP28 in Dubai, with EFG President David Govoni and Interim Director of Stakeholder Relations Maureen Gallagher representing the Federation.
This marks a pivotal moment for EFG, having been granted UNFCCC accreditation earlier in 2023, positioning it as an Observer at future Conference of the Parties (COP) meetings.
From November 30 to December 13, 2023, world leaders are convening in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, to navigate the complex landscape of global climate change. EFG, recognising the crucial role of geoscience in addressing climate challenges, aims to leverage this platform to underscore the significance of its field for society. The Federation seeks to showcase how geologists can actively contribute to finding and implementing solutions for climate change.
Showcasing Innovation: CRM-geothermal and CEEGS Projects

At COP28, EFG will proudly present two of its flagship EU-funded projects: CRM-geothermal and CEEGS. Both initiatives are at the forefront of developing disruptive technology solutions that have the potential to support the global energy transition. The projects exemplify EFG’s commitment to advancing innovative approaches that contribute to a sustainable and resilient future.

Key Speaking Engagements

Maureen Gallagher will take the stage at a special event focused on the ‘Guidebook for Intergenerational Action: Reconciling Climate Goals with the Natural Impact of Critical Minerals’,  scheduled for the afternoon of December 1, 2023, at the Peru Pavilion.

In collaboration with the Italian National Association of EFG, CNG, David Govoni will deliver a thought-provoking talk on “Understanding the Territories to Plan and Initiate the Multi-Transition – The Geosciences to Achieve the SDGs of 2030.” This presentation, part of an event at the Italian Pavilion on December 3, emphasises the role of geosciences in driving a multi-transition approach towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.

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About COP: A Critical Moment for Global Climate Action

UN climate conferences, or COPs, are monumental gatherings focused on climate action, operating as the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The UNFCCC convention, in force since March 21, 1994, aims to prevent “dangerous” human interference with the climate system. With near-universal membership, ratified by 198 countries, the Paris Agreement of 2015 serves as an extension of this convention.

COP28, set to host over 70,000 attendees, including delegates, industry leaders, youth activists, indigenous community representatives, and journalists, represents a critical juncture for global climate action. It provides a reality check through a process called the “Global Stocktake,” evaluating progress in tackling the climate crisis and determining the necessary course corrections.