COP-17 meeting in Durban has ended…

So, after long discussions, the COP-17 meeting in Durban finally came to an end. I wrote in my blog post from Nov 21 about my pretty low expectations for any clear and progressive results from the negotiations. My view, as evident from my blog post, is that:

”Regardless of the outcome of COP-17 (and my expectations are extremely small), I am convinced that enterprises around the world will continue working with their energy and climate change agenda. It has become a very natural part of the environmental sustainability programs. And in several cases the programs are not only successful from an environental point of view but also from a financial point of view. Decreased energy consumption, changes of energy sources, and other activities very often make good business sense! I would be very surprised if that is not also true for society as such…”

So, what did the politicians deliver from their work in Durban? Well, not too far from my expectations… They did agree to continue working to develop an agreement that could be decided upon by 2015, with clear objectives of decreased CO2-emissions from 2020. They also agreed on some details about the ”green fund” which will help countries that cannot afford climate change mitigation actions themselves. It is also decided that the Kyoto protocol stays alive until a new agreement is in place.

If you want to read more about the Durban outcome please follow this links:

- COP-17 official web site (presents the outcome in more positive words than mine above…)

- Comments from EU (also fairly positive…)

- Comments from the Swedish government (they are also pretty positive…)

- Comments from WWF (not so positive…)

- Comments from Swedish environmental NGO Naturskyddsföreningen (not postive…)


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