For those who couldn’t attend the very interesting seminar/webinar organized by the World Resources Institute in Washington on Thursday, May 22nd 2014, here is a brief outline of the meeting.
The experts taking part to the seminar highlighted the emergency of controlling carbon emissions by implementing significant transformations in our societies to limit catastrophic climate changes. Indeed, the current and future trends are said to be quite worrying: annual carbon dioxide emissions will still continue to rise through 2100, increasing by 108% compared with 2010 levels if no changes are implemented.
It appears necessary to come up with new solutions to reach an ambitious but indispensable target: How could we reduce carbon emissions to best ensure we are able to limit global warming to 2°c by 2020, without compromising economic growth?
Different actors have to be involved in these changes, ranging from the corporate world to citizens.
On the one hand, giving business a new vision: integrating company’s environmental and financial performance should be at the heart of company’s new concerns. On the other hand, changing consumption patterns in particular by reducing food waste.
And of course major changes will be necessary in the energy sector such as decarbonizing the majority of electricity generation by 2050 and increasing low carbon energy supply such as solar, wind energy.
Verteego’s take on this webinar: A very partial overview of the 1st part of the meeting as we encountered, unfortunately, connection and sound problems to attend entirely the meeting through the Internet. Interaction was impossible for those attending the meeting via the Internet, and the bad quality sound made it impossible to hear questions asked by people present at the seminar. However, it was good to have such prestigious NGOs sharing their expertise on this issue even if the debate appeared very general with no advanced solutions since we couldn’t obtain many details for technical problems.