I must confess, I was tearful when I was reading the output from my Google news search for ‘COP24’. These included reference to a ‘pro-coal’ event, ‘efforts to downplay the IPCC special report’ and an apparent lack of consensus over action to be taken or even the need for action.
In fact, it would appear that Australia (coal is great!); Russia and Saudi Arabia (dissing science) and USA (both of the aforementioned) are auditioning for horseman of environmental apocalypse…
Let’s hope that the 193 countries attending the UN Conference on Climate Change, or Confederation of Parties COP24 in Katowice, Poland this week use the “four crucial days remaining from Tuesday morning to fulfil the COP24’s agenda: Finding the best framework to address the climate threat before us”.
In the interim, let me pick up on (the) one positive headline – ‘Going green’ is good business says private sector at UN’s COP24 climate conference
I will leave you to read the UN’s new piece, but two of the highlights below:
- “…increasingly, new technologies and models are transforming the private sector so that business leaders no longer have to choose between making money and taking better care of the planet.”
- “biggest industrial market and financial opportunity of the century is in transforming the old devices, systems and infrastructures which are inefficient and polluting, into efficient and clean and much more profitable industrial processes, devices, systems, technologies and solutions..”
This link between ‘green’ business and profits is a theme my colleagues have been making for probably close to decade, and is a theme we are returning to for our first Truro breakfast briefing of 2019. We will hopefully be joined by Tevi and Cornwall New Energy amongst others. More information on Tevi and Cornwall New Energy will be blogged in due course.
It would be good to see you at our breakfast event – more details and a booking form can be found here.