Good COP, Bad Cop or cop out…? The lights are GREEN if you want them to be

Back in January, we attended EcoConnect‘s COP 16: What was achieved at Cancun?’ evening. We heard from the likes of Steven Gray, Head of International and UN Climate Change Policy, Climate Change Capital and David Hill, International Climate Change Deputy Director from the Department of Energy and Climate Change and at the end of the session were in agreement that while bi-lateral agreement is ultimately important, we should not wait for a new international agreement on climate change in order to make positive changes now. That’s certainly true in many ways – especially when it comes to ‘quick wins’ like advanced PC Power Management with NightWatchman from 1E for example, which offers reduced C02 emissions of approximately 150kg per PC.

So, there is progress to be made – and it can be made fast with tangible benefits attached, but there are some roadblocks we need to overcome up ahead.

First, there’s the question of finance. Finance is clearly the the key to unlocking an international agreement, in that developed countries must take the weight of the investment and carry developing countries through. The new economy, however, is posing quite a challenge to this objective. In Cancun, we got agreement for a $100bn USD international climate fund (at an approximate cost of 1.5bn a year to the UK economy by 2020 it was said). Late last year Business Green hosted a forward-looking session, where it was estimated that an injection of around €1trillion ($1.3 trillion USD) is what the world needs to really move ahead with fostering a low carbon economy.

So let’s assume that we won’t likely have a deal until COP17 this December in Durban or COP18 in Asia (Qatar and South Korea are currently bidding to host) at the earliest. That might even be a little too optimistic; by then the Kyoto 2012 deadline will be looming, which makes it possible that the next series of international talks will focus on renewing pledges and moving ahead with the Kyoto 2 agreement, as outlined in Poznan, Poland on 2008.

Our message to you? Let’s not wait for the lights to change – the lights are green if you want them to be. There’s enough we can start doing now to make a difference. Take a look at HSBC for example. In 2009, NightWatchman automated the shutdown of 9,346,534 on weekdays and weekends, saving:

  • 201,885,139 hours of computing power
  • 7,267,865 kWh of energy
  • 3,125,182 kg of CO2 emissions from entering the atmosphere
  • $1,090,180 in energy costs

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