CCAP Urges International Climate Talks to Stay on Road to Copenhagen

12.3.08

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Dec. 3, 2008

CCAP Urges International Climate Talks to Stay on Road to Copenhagen

CCAP to Release Interim Report on Sectoral Approaches During Poznan Climate Talks

WASHINGTON, D.C. — With the United Nations climate change negotiations underway in Poznan, Poland this week, Center for Clean Air Policy (CCAP) President Ned Helme emphasized that international negotiators must stay on track toward developing the post-2012 climate change agreement which will be ratified in Copenhagen, Denmark in 2009.

“In Poznan we’re laying the groundwork for the serious negotiations and heavy lifting that proceed next year and we need to stay on track,” said Helme.

Helme also stated that developing countries are a key player in the climate treaty and sectoral approaches must be a key component of the post-2012 agreement. Sectoral approaches are methods for developing countries to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions’ intensity or growth in key sectors with financial and technological assistance from developed countries. CCAP will release an interim report on the viability of sectoral approaches at the Poznan climate talks on December 11.

“Many developing countries are already taking significant unilateral actions to reduce GHG emissions but need assistance from developed countries to make further reductions,” said Helme. “CCAP’s recent research shows the potential of sectoral approaches as a tool for climate change mitigation in developing countries and to developing a viable concept that should be part of a post-2012 agreement.”

CCAP will host many events during the 2008 U.N. climate change conference in Poznan to highlight its research and influence provisions that will be included in the final agreement. A detailed schedule of events is as follows:

CCAP Events at the Conference of the Parties – December 1- 7, 2008

Sectoral Study Side Event with the European Commission

Thursday, December 4
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Room 1, European Pavilion

Forest Day

Saturday, December 6
2:30 – 4:00 p.m.
University of Adam Mickiewicz

CCAP Events at the Conference of the Parties – December 8 – 12, 2008

Forestry Side Event

Monday, December 8
7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
White-Tailed Eagle Room

Ministers’ Breakfast

Thursday, December 11
7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Mercure Hotel, Sonata Room

Media Briefing on Sectoral Approaches and Mexico’s Role

Thursday, December 11
12:30 – 1:00 p.m.
Swan Room – Official UN NGO Press Briefing Room