LONDON Oct 22 U.N. climate talks in December
should not hold back developing countries and should seek a
"win-win" solution to tackle climate change, OPEC's secretary
general said on Thursday.
Abdullah al-Badri, who will attend the climate talks in
Copenhagen in December, also said it was important that carbon
capture and storage (CCS) -- technology with the potential to
clean up coal and oil use -- was developed.
"Everyone must feel he is getting something. If you came out
of Copenhagen without a win-win situation, then it will not be
implemented," Badri told reporters in London.
"Copenhagen should not hinder the development of developing
countries. You have 2.6 billion people without adequate energy
at this time."
The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries
includes many of the world's top oil producers, who are worried
about efforts to curb fossil fuel use.
The lead climate negotiator of top OPEC producer Saudi
Arabia said in April the U.N. climate talks threaten its
In a sign of how important OPEC feels the Copenhagen summit
is, OPEC delegates said the group shifted the dates of its
December meeting to decide short-term oil output policy to avoid
a clash with the climate summit.
Badri said it was also important that oil producers were
compensated for any pact which curbs oil demand to reduce
greenhouse gas emissions.
However, this was not a new issue as there was provision for
it in the original Kyoto Protocol, he said.
For a blog by Badri on the website of the Copenhagen
conference, please see
(Reporting by Alex Lawler; Editing by Anthony Barker)