Ariel Schwartz

Inhabitat's Green Guide to COP15

by , 12/03/09
filed under: global warming

cop15, copenhagen, climate change, co2

8. COP15 talks the talk, but it walks the walk too

The official pdf brochure offers tips to attendees on how to make their experience at the conference as green as possible — from where to find clean tap water to how to use the advanced teleconferencing system instead of flying colleagues out to Denmark.

9. COP15 will be climate neutral

The Danish government will be offsetting emissions including travel to and from Copenhagen as well as local emissions during the conference in the spirit of the talks.

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10. Other cool ways that Copenhagen is setting a green example:

COP15 is one of the first international political conferences to use LED spotlights and solar-powered luminaires at the Bella Center, where the conference is being held.

In June 2008, 12% of all hotel rooms in the Greater Copenhagen Area were eco-certified. Today, more than 53% are certified with a Green Key or Nordic Swan.
Most VIP-limousines commuting to and from the event will emit less CO² than average EU cars. Many will be powered by alternative fuels like II.G bioethanol produced from straw or hydrogen.

Delegates at the conference who’d like to experience Copenhagen’s favorite way to get around town will be able to rent official COP15 bikes from the summit center for free!

Ultimately, COP15 will lead to more questions than answers, but it should at least provide a framework for future discussions in Mexico City. Want to check out a live stream of the conference? Check back at OneClimate’s streaming website on December 7.

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3 Comments

  1. manny December 5, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    With Americas not so impressive record on prevention on Climate Change. The world eagarly awaits President Obamas change in US strategy

  2. GGTD December 3, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    Let’s hope that the big states like China, US, India, Brazil want to play ball this time around.

  3. Hartmut.Rast December 3, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    I really do appreciate your committments but meanwhile this whole Copenhagen thing has become a joke after Nobel Peace prize laureate President Obama has obviously changed his visions on a better future with pulling back on his greenhouse gas emmissions targets as we all have learned during his visit in China. It’s ridiculous to set targets by 2050 if everyone can see on his own observations that the climate has changed. Instead of acting now, politicians are delivering further lip-service and celebrating themselves. We’d save the money to hold such a huge conference like in Copenhagen and should donate the money to buy food and helping suffering and starving children in Afrika. They have to pay the prize for insufficient measures by the Western communities.

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