In the first two weeks of December this year, tens of thousands of people will descend on the small city of Katowice, located deep in the coal heartland of Poland, for the most famous climate change conference in the world. Hopefully, all arriving and departing with some kind of travel offset…
This year’s conference marks three years since the monumental 21st Conference of Parties (or “COP21”) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which saw the signing of the Paris Agreement. This was the first international agreement in history to compel all countries in the world to take action on climate change.
This year, at COP24, world leaders from across the globe will come together to finalise the implementation rules and guidelines and discuss ways in which the goals of the Paris Agreement can be achieved. Following up this historic agreement with a clear plan of action will set global climate and energy policy for the years ahead.
As well as tough talks and lengthy negotiations, there are a huge number of exhibits, side events and roundtables. There are also likely to be a few well-known faces making high profile appearances, including Sir David Attenborough who has been encouraging people to step up climate action in all levels of society. Climate action seems to be a key theme of the conference.
Overshadowing these talks, of course, will be the recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on 1.5oC which sent out a strong message that the window of opportunity for action is closing and urgent change is required to limit irreversible damage. Even at a global average temperature increase of 1.5oC, the planet will be a very different place to what it is today.
A huge number of climate change solutions exist and we will need to deploy many of them to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement. One of these is carbon capture, usage and storage or CCUS, which has many applications and is currently the only solution for decarbonising industrial processes such as steel and cement.
Luke and Hazel are delighted to be attending the second week of COP24, representing not only Pale Blue Dot Energy but the Acorn CCS Project as well. We’ll be exhibiting in the UK Pavilion alongside the UK side event on CCUS (1.00-2.30pm on December 12th), which will bring together leading organisations and countries to debate the key challenges and solutions to scale-up finance, policy and deployment of CCUS.
We’ll be sharing blogs, tweets and videos of our time at COP24 so follow us to keep up to date!
Are you or is anyone you know going to be in Katowice? We’d love to hear from you, so please get in touch!