Green business, green careers and job training
Solutions that build smart communities with green careers and sustainable businesses!
HOME
EDITOR'S BLOG
FEATURE ARTICLES
GET STARTED

Save on Career Education through Lorman Education

Our readers are offered a discount on Lorman seminars and courses. Check out their business, management and legal offers at this link to qualify for our discounts. They also offer green business training opportunities. Please visit http://www.lorman.com/training/CaliforniaGreenSolutions for a complete listing of courses. Register online or call Lorman at 866-352-9539.
Home > Natural Resources

Bali - Global Talks to Further the Kyoto Protocol

Bali climate change conference highlights...think retrofits of lighting, heating and insulation. Major impact!

Find green business solutions
California Green Chemistry Initiative Delegates from nearly 190 nations have gathered for the December 3-14 summit, tasked with laying the groundwork for a new treaty to tackle global warming beyond 2012, when the Kyoto Protocol's first phase expires. Speaking to AFP, Yvo de Boer, executive secretary of the UN Convention on Climate Change, acknowledged the deep divides within the international community on how to tackle the problem of the world heating up, notably on whether countries should set binding targets. "I think all the delegations have understood the urgency, but I also think that none of the delegations have forgotten their national interest," he said on the sidelines of the meeting. When do the "departments" understand that their private fiefdoms can harm the company? I remember participating in an exercise to explore competition and collaboration, but it was not introduced to us that way. It was an "achievement exercise". How fast could our team reach the goal through exchanges with the other teams? Teams split up. We strategized. We traded. We competed to win the prize.

Only after the exercise ended did we learn that we had failed miserably compared to other groups who had participated in the exercise. They had collaborated and more than doubled their achievement compared to our competitive approach.

The global situation reminds me of that dichotamy...compete or collaborate...which will we choose?

A meeting of Kyoto parties in Austria in August recommended emissions cuts for rich nations of 25 to 40 percent by 2020, and green groups are keen for a similar figure to be mentioned in the final text of this UNFCCC conference. But the United States, the only rich nation not party to Kyoto, has made it clear it will not commit to any such figures during this meeting. Canada has said targets should include growing economies like India and China. "I think they (developing countries) are all willing to limit the growth of their emissions to the extent economically possible," mused de Boer.

Practical Climate Strategies Discussed

Installing energy-efficient lighting could save 1.5 billion barrels of oil a year, or the annual output of 530 medium-sized power stations, according to a Phillips executive.

"The entire current emission reductions commitment under the Kyoto Protocol can be achieved in the building sector alone. And the costs of achieving these reductions are low, very low."

Building greener homes and office towers and installing energy-efficient lighting could slash planet-warming carbon emissions, U.N. and industry officials said at climate talks in Bali on Friday.

They said the technology already existed to dramatically cut electricity use for very little cost, and yet it was puzzling that governments, industries and home-owners weren't cashing in on the energy-saving ideas.

"About 40 percent of all energy is consumed in buildings and in construction. This is the incredible fact most people don't realise," said Kaarin Taipale, of the U.N.'s Marrakesh Task Force on Sustainable Buildings and Construction.

The trick is to install greener lighting, ventilation, heating and cooling systems, said Sylvie Lemmet, director of the United Nations Environment Programme's Division of Technology, Industry and Economics.

Market failure is happening because there is little knowledge of materials, little awareness about by business about sustainable buildings, and economic disincentives.

UN studies have found that building upfits will not happen if governments are not active to help overcome the market failure. "Decision-making islands" cause poor overall communication that lead to energy-inefficient designs.

  • Lack of coordination between building professionals (lack of basic communication during the design phase, with architects, structural, mechanical and electrical engineers not working closely enough..and then construction teams)
  • Lack of knowledge about how to construct greener buildings
  • Lack of government involvement in overcoming market failures

Bush's administration will host new talks among 17 major emitters of greenhouse gases in Hawaii in late January, and Bush wants all to set new long-term emissions goals by the end of 2008 to help the world agree a new U.N. pact by end-2009.

Bush's chief negotiator at Bali said that the administration had no intention of changing its climate policies despite pressure from Congress.

SOURCE:

"a href="http://www.wbcsd.org/plugins/DocSearch/details.asp?type=DocDet&ObjectId=Mjc2NTE">World Business Council for Sustainable Development



Edited by Carolyn Allen, owner/editor of California Green Solutions
Green Solution Providers
Green companies directory
Submit
your green solutions - business, nonprofit, government program.
It's free.
| climate change | lighting | green building | global economy |

Share in Social Media

Sign Up For News & Information
Subscribe to our free solutions newsletter
BONUS DOWNLOAD (PDF)
"Ten+ Tips for Greening Your Office"

SUBSCRIBE HERE
Read prior issues: California GreenLines

Search For Green Solutions

Custom Search
Green Career Center
Green Job Wizard
Career Certifications Directory

green job training certifications
Green Biz Center
Solutions For Green
Directory of Green Companies

Solutions for Alternative Energy

rose in natural systems
Green Living Center
Solutions for Green: Consumers

Solutions for Remodeling

Backyard Nature Center

INSTANT GREEN POLL

"Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do." Goethe
RECENT ARTICLES
SITE NAVIGATION
ABOUT US

Related Articles

Understanding How Water Flows Affect Climate Change... Then and Now

Free Webinar | Climate Change Adaptation Tools for Addressing Water Issues, Dec 2

Community Earth System Model for Climate Change Assessments

Related Green Resources

Marcom Tips
Interactive & Video Tips

Career Resources

We encourage lifelong learning to support sustainable communities and provide these select resources to help you pursue green and sustainable self-development:

Lorman Business Training Directory of On-line Business and Compliance Classes

Green Job Wizard Job and Career Certifications Directory

Job & Career Resources

Governance
Management
Manufacturing
Operations
Facilities
Transportation
Finance
Sales & Marketing
Human Resources

Green Economy

Business Sectors
Natural Resources

Solutions For Green

About Us ~ Privacy Policy
Contact Us ~ Home

Text Link Ads

AD: Place your link here

ABOUT CALIFORNIA GREEN SOLUTIONS

We help you green your career, workplace and community by connecting you to quality green, sustainable and high performance resources. California Green Solutions focuses attention on effective solutions that sustain our natural systems. You can support our editorial work by supporting our advertisers and spreading the word about best practices and green solutions.
California Green Solutions is a publication of Carolyn Allen ~ Copyright ©2006-2030 Carolyn Allen

B2B | Job Certifications | Alternative Energy | Events | Green Directory | LED Lights | Remodeling |
CONSUMERS | Backyard Nature | Senior Health | MultiMedia Marketing | Marketing | Networking Events | Japan |