4. What we can expect
Last month world leaders (including President Obama) deemed a binding global climate treaty too ambitious and instead decided to focus on coming to a less specific agreement. A binding agreement isn’t off the table forever — it will likely be discussed at a later summit in Mexico City.
Even though we know we won’t be reaching an all-encompassing treaty at COP15, the conference will be instrumental in making sure that the green tech and green building sectors continue to grow. That’s because international treaties and agreements will inspire confidence in private investors, who will in turn be more likely to give money to these burgeoning industries.
5. What COP15 means for building and technology
We’re hoping to see emissions targets and cap-and-trade agreements to be reached that would force companies to cut down on carbon emissions and adopt more energy-efficient buildings and technology. Many leaders are also looking to the summit to see how developed nations like the U.S. can help subsidize pricey green technologies for less developed countries.
6. What other topics will be discussed?
The conference will open the floor to conversation about the REDD (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation) program, which will potentially give countries emissions credits for stopping deforestation – an aspect of climate change that is often overshadowed by emissions talks, but is just as important.
7. Get Involved!
You can take part in COP15 without having to dish out airfare! Sign your name on the Hopenhagen petition here showing your support. Your signature, along with thousands of others, will be presented to world leaders in Copenhagen in just a few days!