A Snippet Into The Plenary of the 2014 UNFCCC-COP World Climate Summit at Hilton Lima, Peru

Earthniversity would like to share the selected events that happened at the recently concluded 2014 World Climate Summit at Hilton Lima, Peru on December 10, 2014.  There were events, however, that were related to the Climate Summit, and were held for various participating countries, organizations, and interest groups beginning 30 November until 11 December 2014.

In order to have a snippet or a glimpse into what happened in the last few days of the World Climate Summit, let me refer you to this link, this is the Media Training Workshop which focused on the issue – The Emissions Gap Report. For me, this is the main focus of the whole summit, to reduce the level of Co2 emissions globally. Here’s the link.

http://unfccc6.meta-fusion.com/cop20/events/2014-12-03-09-30-unfccc-media-training-workshop

The second link is the COP President’s Informal Stocktaking Plenary Session.  Here’s the link

http://unfccc6.meta-fusion.com/cop20/events/2014-12-10-19-00-president-s-informal-stocktaking-plenary

If you happened to be doing a research on the history and progress of 2014 UNFCCC-COP World Climate Summit, please read the “dash board” or the top part of the page of the link.  There you can see the heading such as:  Channels, Plenary 1-Lima (the event was held at Lima), Plenary 2 Cusco (the event was held at Cusco, the historical capital of the Inca Empire), Press Room 1, Press Room 2 and the heading On-Demand.

You can click this heading, On-Demand, to get the video or part of the coverage of the event under the heading – Plenary, Joint High-Level Segment, Special Event, Press Briefing and Media Training.

All of these will give you a full background of the events happening at the Summit, starting on 30 November until December 11, 2014.

Major Points:

To reach a Negative Emissions of Co2 into the atmosphere, the following should be done:

1.  Stop deforestation and do a large scale afforestation.

Deforestation is the act or result of cutting down or burning of trees in an area. Afforestation is the act or process of establishing a forest especially on land not previously forested.  (Source: Merriam-Webster).

2. Biomass fired power plants with CCS – C02 Capture Storage.

Implications:

UN Member Countries and signatories to the Treaty on Climate Change should work hard to deliver the reduction of their country’s carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere.

The three leaders of global economy such as EU, U.S. and China has pledged to reduce their carbon dioxide emissions.

Trust and Verification

(Source: http://www.cfact.org/2014/12/10/trust-and-verification-at-the-peru-climate-summit/)

As UN member countries and signatories to this Treaty, these countries pledged to reduce their carbon dioxide emissions in the next few years.

In my opinion, one of the indicators of  verification is a list of plans, programs and projects which could be found in a Declaration To Reduce Carbon Dioxide Emissions.   The programs and projects that are listed in this document are those that are Specific, Pertinent, Attainable, Measurable  and Time-Bounded.  I think, through this, a member country’s pledge can now be verified.  Did they do this?  Did they do that?

The final document to be submitted must also bear the assurance that these activities were indeed implemented and that these information were correct.  Maybe, a project or program evaluation must be conducted to check the veracity of this report on the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions.

If higly industrialized countries with enormous number of factories and producer of high level of carbon dioxide will just make  their pledges without stating the specific activities that they have to do,  how sure are we that they will fulfill their pledges or make these pledges happen?  We can trust them, but how can we verify the things that they have done?   There must be a list of things to do, so that from that list we will verify, or we will know if they have, indeed, done their homework.

For a similar discussion about Trust and Verification, may I refer you to the article written by Mr. Craig Rucker of CFACT which is available through this link:

http://www.cfact.org/2014/12/10/trust-and-verification-at-the-peru-climate-summit/

Conclusion:

The 2014 World Climate Summit reaffirms the pledge and commitments of countries around the world who were signatories to this treaty, to reduce their C02 emissions into the atmosphere.  Two of the most important doable things that remained to be strengthened are: 1) stop deforestation and engage in a large scale afforestation and 2) biomass fired power plants with CCS – C02 Capture Storage.

Acknowledgment:

Earthniversity would like to thank the United Nations Framework Conference on Climate Change website through this link:

1.  http://unfccc6.meta-fusion.com/cop20/events/2014-12-03-09-30-unfccc-media-training-workshop

2.  http://unfccc6.meta-fusion.com/cop20/events/2014-12-10-19-00-president-s-informal-stocktaking-plenary

3.  Mr. Craig Rucker through this link

http://www.cfact.org/2014/12/10/trust-and-verification-at-the-peru-climate-summit/

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