The UN Climate Conference in Poznan from December 1st to December 12th is the last large-scale climate meeting before the decisive climate meeting in Copenhagen.
Bellona’s expectations of the Poznan meeting:
CO2 Capture and Storage (CCS): We were not in possession of this tool when the Kyoto Protocol was ratified. Bellona’s reckoning indicates that CO2 capture and storage will become a part of the next climate agreement, presumably in a new mechanism for technology transfer and development in poorer nations.
Technology and financing: Technology transfer and development will be central in Poznan. Bellona considers it important for wealthier nations to go forth and set a good paradigm now that this concerns financing and economic contributions. The financial crisis is no excuse not to seek solutions to the climate crisis.
The Clean Development Mechanism (CDM): Simplification of regulation work, as well as group approval of similar programmes can open the door for many smaller projects.
The 2 degree goal: Norway and the EU are holding fast to the two-degree level. This is still realistic – and necessary – to hinder global warming that exceeds two degrees in order to forgo large and irreversible climate changes. An emissions goal must be set in Poznan.
‘Middle ground’ nations: Countries like Mexico, South Korea, Brazil, India, Russia and China must set their own climate obligations and evaluate themselves differently from the way the poorest nations evaluate their obligations.