It is refreshing to see the amount of Qatari’s participating in COP18 at the QNCC with such great interest and reporting about it. Really reassuring.
I arrived at the conference at 7 pm today, and briefly peaked into two panel discussions:
“Green Economy and global climate change risks: Challenges and Opportunities” which discussed green economy as the pathway to sustainability and the overlooked risks in developing countries because of the lack of sciences and technology capacity from the perspective of China’s experience. The graph below shows the relationship and direct link between GDP growth and carbon emission increase. Data are displayed from Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center (CDIAC) and include carbon emissions of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
“IPCC Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation” – the panel discussion debated the cost of technology and concluded that the future cost and performance improvements of renewable energy and other mitigation options will remain unknown… don’t say!
Other discoveries and observations:
– The Eco Store has some pretty funky eco gadgets, including several solar powered chargers.
– The design of the Information Stand is fun and innovative. It proudly states: “This Pod is going to be recycled post event”. It looked as if it was made from recycled packing pallets but smelled of freshly cut wood. A bit of a let down, but great idea. Next time!
What stuck me today as amazing was how orderly transportation arrangements functions. There were lots of dedicated local volunteers to assist in the effort. It was heartwarming to watch how the rest of the world seems to contently stand in line to board a bus. Beautiful! The bus service may be another building block for a successful COP18 Legacy here in Doha. Hopefully these busses will be kept in operation to serve the Qatar community to further reduce transportation related carbon emissions more permanently.
In contrast, the hot, smelly and carbon emitting diesel generated flood lights around the bus parking offer opportunities for improvements. Perhaps renewables?