|제목||Making COP24 Sustainable|
The UN Climate Change secretariat and the Polish Ministry of Environment are working together to make COP24 (2 – 14 December) in Katowice, Poland, as sustainable as possible.
The event is to be entirely climate neutral, with the priority of the organizers being to avoid greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to the greatest possible extent.
“To reduce the overall climate footprint of the event, a series of measures have been arranged in areas such as waste management and paper reduction”, says Agnieszka Tomaszewska, Counsellor to the Minister and Head of the Ozone Layer Protection Team, Plenipotentiary for Environmental Management in the Ministry of the Environment of Poland.
Inevitable GHG emissions will be calculated in accordance with accepted international standards and offset through an afforestation project in Poland.
Comprehensive information on measures undertaken to reduce the carbon and overall environmental footprint of the Conference and offset unavoidable GHG emissions related to it is available here
Reporting and offsetting of unavoidable GHG emissions
Unavoidable GHG emissions associated with COP24 will be documented by means of a carbon footprint report prepared by the host country, Poland. The estimation will be done in accordance with accepted international standards and cover the travel of all registered participants to Katowice.
In order to achieve a climate neutral conference, unavoidable emissions will be compensated by removing the equivalent amount of CO2 through an afforestation project of the Polish State Forests agency.
In addition, the UN’s Climate Neutral Now initiative offers organizations, companies and individuals the possibility to compensate the carbon footprint generated by their personal activities not related to COP24 by purchasing UN-certified offsets. Certified emission reduction credits from Clean Development Mechanism projects support environmentally friendly projects in developing countries and contribute to sustainable development.
Participants who compensate their emissions through the platform will automatically receive a personalized certificate from the UN Climate Change secretariat to attest to their climate action, as well as – at the time of registration – a Climate Neutral Now lanyard.
The Polish Environment Ministry, in charge of the environmental aspects of the conference, is registered in the Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS), the environmental management system of the EU, whose requirements support the implementation of resource and energy efficient solutions and the evaluation of environmental performance.
“Waste management”, explains Dennis Winkler, UNFCCC’s lead for the sustainable organization of UN Climate Change Conferences, “includes reusing, sorting and recycling materials that would otherwise be disposed of, for instance at a landfill site or through incineration, as well as avoiding or limiting the use of disposable products, with the objective of reducing the amount of waste produced.”
To reduce the use of paper, all official documents will be available in digital format and participants will be able to download them from the UNFCCC website. Staff at the Documentation Services Counter will help participants to locate and access documents online via screens at the Counter, computers provided at computer centres or participants’ own laptops, tablet computers or other handheld devices. The Daily Programme will be made available as an electronic version only.
Participants are encouraged to print and photocopy only what is absolutely necessary prior to and during the sessions. “That way”, says Winkler, ”all participants can play an active part in a sustainable COP”.
“To further limit the use of paper”, added Tomaszewska, ”the number of pages for printing in a single session and the number of sessions available to any given user at the computer centres will be limited, with double-sided printing as the default option.
|출처||United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change|
|이전글||Statement on COP25 Host|
|다음글||Countries to Present Updates on Their Pre-2020 Climate Actions at COP24|