Tuesday, 19 May 2009

United Nations Climate Change Conference set for Dec 7 - Dec 18 2009 in Copenhagen.

COP15 - CopenhagenUnited Nations - Climate Change Conference - Dec 07 - Dec 18 2009

The COP15 conference is the fifteenth Conference of the Parties under the United Nations’ Climate Change Convention. The conference will take place from 7 December to 18 December 2009.

The conference will take place in the Bella Center.

The booking of delegation offices has opened and is available from this webpage: www.delegations.bellacenter.dk.

Climate Change is needed more than ever in this time of economic downturn. By 2050 there will be 9 Billion people in the world and the need to limit our demand for energy, to reduce our emissions and to develop clean energy technologies cannot be delayed. Instead, this should be seen as an opportunity for clean energy technologies, renewable energy production and energy efficiency to lead us out of recession. Those economies that make the greatest progress in these areas will be the economic powerhouses of the future. Already, China, surprisingly, is making great strides in this area. The Los Angeles Times has reported on how China is taking the lead in developing and manufacturing solar and wind generation technologies and in building electric vehicles. Even Warren Buffett, the US investor, has invested heavily in China, taking a $230 million stake in BYD of Shenzhen. The company is aiming to be the world's largets car maker of electric vehicvles and is already winning praise for its battery technology and electic vehicles.

Already China is the leader in green technologies (though the US holds the title in wind power, at least for the moment) and is aiming to be the largest producer of electric cars in the world. How ironic all of this in light of the current poor air quality in Beijing's! It is still the leading emitter of greenhouse gases though, having over-taken the US.

China is fast becoming a popular location for companies establishing their factories to join in the green revolution, with General Electric and others leading the way. Many of these factories currently export the majority of their production but that looks like changing in future. However, China still has a long way to go, as it is still heavily dependent on coal.

What is clear, as President Obama and Al Gore and others have pointed out, is that the nation that leads the way in green technolohy will be the one that leads the world's economy in the 21st century. Right now, its looking more and more like that nation will be China, especially in light of its stimulus package of $586 billion, much of it going to green technology investment.

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