Energy Monitor reporter Nour Ghantous (left) in conversation with CGI ‘s chief sustainability officer Mattie Yeta at COP27 in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.

CGI, a provider of IT and business consulting services, has partnered with COP27 host Egypt and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change to develop a first-ever ‘metaverse’ for a UN climate conference.

“We are trying to demonstrate the art of what is possible when you create a hybrid solution,” CGI’s chief sustainability officer Mattie Yeta told Energy Monitor in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt. “We are trying to demonstrate the role of technology for climate action.” Yeta talks about her hopes and challenges for COP27 and the broader climate action agenda.

Beyond CGI at COP27

Over the next two weeks, reporter Nour Ghantous (week one) and senior writer Dave Keating (week two) will report from COP27 in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, on behalf of Energy Monitor and our parent company, GlobalData. They will provide the data-led analysis you have come to expect from Energy Monitor but also something new: video interviews with business leaders, policymakers and campaigners. We encourage you to return often to our Energy Monitor home page for updates from the conference.

Other recent COP27 articles include: COP27: How countries compare on carbon emissions and pledges, by Nick Ferris (7 November); Which countries are already at net zero? by Nick Ferris (25 October); and COP27: Manage your expectations, by Nour Ghantous (21 September).