Volvo Group at COP15

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The purpose with the UN climate conference in Copenhagen on December 7-18, 2009 was for nations to agree on an international treaty to reduce the climate change. 15 000 delegates from 192 countries participated.

The four essentials calling for an international agreement in Copenhagen were, as expressed by UN climate chief Yvo de Boer:

1. How much are the industrialized countries willing to reduce their emissions of greenhouse gases?
2. How much are major developing countries such as China and India willing to do to limit the growth of their emissions?
3. How to finance mitigation and adaptation measures in developing countries?
4. How to share the financial burden?

The new climate treaty will be replacing the Kyoto Protocol which was adopted in Kyoto, Japan, in December 1997 and entered into force on 16 February 2005.The Kyoto Protocol which sets binding targets for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions has been signed and ratified by 184 parties of the UN Climate Convention.

The expectation of the new climate treaty is to reduce green house gases in a faster and more ambitious way to avoid serious consequences.

Volvo Group sent representatives to COP15 to monitor the negotiations and participate in side events to the conference. We also participated in the largest exhibition, Green Bright Expo.

Two products was presented during events in Copenhagen:

  1. Commute Greener
  2. ChromoGenics

Volvo Buses has started to deliver their demonstrator vehicles to customers. A local operator in Copenhagen used the hybrid bus in commercial traffic during COP 15. 
Read more: Volvo’s hybrid bus in service during COP15 climate conference

Volvo Group’s view on COP15 negotiations
Volvo Group supports a strong global deal with binding targets that will limit global warming according to a sustainable level that is based on the IPCC findings.

We would like to see:

  • Binding target for industrialized countries
  • Targets for advanced developing countries
  • An tangible ambition for developing countries

The commitments from different countries should be possible to identify, quantify and measure.

Volvo Group hopes that the COP15 will lead us towards a global price on CO2 which is crucial for the success of limiting global warming. We are positive to various initiatives taken to set up cap and trade systems. If these systems can be linked together, we are on track for a global CO2 price.

Volvo Group is positive to flexible mechanisms, e g Clean Development Mechanisms (CDM) and we want these to be improved and strengthened.

A crucial part of a global agreement is how to stop deforestation. Promotion of sustainable forestry, mainly in developing countries is needed.

Financing of measures for mitigation and adaptation in developing countries is urgent. The industrialised countries need to support the developing countries.

Providing a level playing field including legislation, rules, agreements etc are set for a long-term timeline, Volvo supports binding targets that help us to limit global warming.

AB Volvo, Environmental Affairs

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