By Ghislaine Barry, Operations Support Executive

Siccar is proud to have had the opportunity to attend COP28 after being handpicked by the Scottish Government to be a member of their delegation. COP28 brought together nations and policymakers to chart a course for a sustainable future and one of the most critical themes to emerge this year was the emphasis on data veracity and secure data sharing as indispensable tools in the fight against climate change. In this blog, we will discuss the key takeaways from COP28 focusing on how secure data sharing is crucial for effective emissions management.  

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Data veracity will be the foundation of climate action.

COP28 witnessed an unprecedented global commitment to reducing carbon emissions. Nations pledged to accelerate efforts to achieve the goals set out in the Paris Agreement, recognising the urgency of addressing climate change. The pivotal role of accurate and reliable data in shaping climate policies and actions was emphasised. The veracity of data remains the bedrock upon which effective climate policies are built, ensuring that decisions are rooted in credible scientific evidence.


Secure data sharing will harbour international collaboration and trust.

The necessity of secure data sharing among nations was once again highlighted. Collaborative efforts demand a foundation of trust, and secure sharing of climate-related data fosters transparency and cooperation. The conference witnessed discussions on mechanisms to ensure the confidentiality and integrity of shared data, promoting a collective commitment to address climate challenges. Governments, businesses, and organisations must collaborate and exchange data securely to make informed decisions and implement effective strategies for reducing emissions. This requires robust systems to protect sensitive information while fostering transparency and cooperation.


Commitment to accountability and verification.

A key outcome of COP28 was the establishment of robust accountability and verification mechanisms. Participating nations recognised the importance of monitoring and validating data related to greenhouse gas emissions, deforestation, and other critical indicators. This commitment to data veracity ensures that nations adhere to their climate commitments and allows for an objective evaluation of progress in mitigating climate change.


Technological innovations in data security will be paramount.

Advancements in technology took centre stage at COP28, with discussions on leveraging cutting-edge solutions to enhance data security. Blockchain technology, in particular, gained attention for its potential to create tamper-proof records and secure transactions, thereby bolstering the integrity of climate data. As nations explore innovative approaches, the intersection of climate action and secure data technologies is poised to reshape the landscape of environmental stewardship.


In conclusion, COP28 marked a pivotal milestone in the global effort to combat climate change by placing data veracity and secure data sharing at the forefront of discussions. As the world unites to address the challenges of a changing climate, the commitment to reliable information and collaborative efforts underscores the shared responsibility to safeguard our planet for future generations. The journey toward a sustainable future begins with a commitment to truth, transparency, and secure data practices.