Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Reduction of Non-CO2 Emissions at COP16

Although a binding treaty on carbon dioxide (CO2) is unlikely at COP16, reductions in non-CO2 emissions are viable. Using Current technology we can reduce agents that cause global warming by approximately 50 percent. According to scientists, reducing the non-CO2 pollutants can delay additional climate warming by several decades. Among the non-CO2 pollutants are hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), methane, tropospheric ozone, and black carbon soot.

Reductions in black carbon soot emissions could save many of 1.9 million lives lost each year. Capturing methane emissions from sources such as landfills and coal mines would also reduce global warming and the gas could be used as a source of energy.

It is also possible to quickly phase down HFCs under the Montreal Protocol ozone treaty. The US, Canada, and Mexico have already provided their support for this strategy. At a November meeting in Bangkok, 91 countries signed onto a declaration supporting the use of low-global warming potential substitutes instead of HFCs. This could reduce up to 100 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide-equivalent in mitigation.

Related Posts
The Cancun Agreements at COP16
COP16 Market Based Finance Mechanisms
What Can Be Achieved At COP16
Yvo de Boer on the Future of the UNFCCC
UNFCCC Tells Governments to Get Real for COP16
World Mayors Summit on Climate
Sustainable Practices are a Strategic Priority for Business
Climate Change is an Economic and a Security Issue
The Business Community's Silence on Climate Change Negotiations
Spain Renews its Commitment to Clean Energy at the G20
UN Climate Change Meeting Commences in Tianjin China
Lowering Expectations for UN Climate Negotiations
UN Chief Asks G20 to Focus on a Sustainable Recovery
The Montreal Protocol Celebrates 23rd Birthday
UN Climate Change Initiatives Post Toronto
The Resignation of Head UN Climate Change Negotiator
UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development
COP15: Groups and Subgroups
COP15: New Beginnings or Ignoring the Apocalypse?
Post COP15
Danish Optimism Ahead of COP15
Obama Needs the Senate to Succeed on Climate Change
Obama Buoys Hopes for a Climate Change Deal
Obama's Achievements Ahead of COP15
Cop Out for COP15
The Cost of a Global Deal on Climate Change
The State of Climate Change Negotiations
Action on Climate Change
COP 15 Implications for Business
COP 15 Timetable
Global Cooperation Ahead of COP 15
Copenhagen Accord: Global Emissions Cuts
UN Climate Change Initiatives Post Toronto
Post COP15
The US is Bound by Law to Honor Climate Change Treaty
The Road to Copenhagen (COP 15): Implications for Business
UN COP Sessions and Implications for Business
UN COP Sessions Positioning Your Business
United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP14)

No comments: