REC steps into COP19

November 18, 2013

Climate change issue draws global stakeholders to Poland

CLIMATE CENTRAL: Thousands of delegates are gathering this week in the Polish capital city of Warsaw to look for solutions. Photo: DocenttX (Creative Commons)

The REC is playing an important role at this week's COP19 event in Warsaw, Poland. In addition to having its own exhibition stand inside the main event pavilion, the REC is sharing information and promoting current projects that aim to address the challenges posed by climate change.

The MEDIATION Adaptation Platform, implemented with the participation of the REC's Climate Change and Clean Energy Topic Area with funding from the EU Seventh Framework Programme, was presented on November 12 in the Vilnius Room of the EU Pavilion. The MEDIATION project provided effective tools and methods for decision makers in addressing climate change adaptation issues.

Other REC projects have been highlighted during the early stages of COP-19. A presentation titled 'Opportunities and challenges for climate action in the Western Balkans and Turkey', given by Dimitrios Zevgolis on November 11, provided a good opportunity for the REC to introduce the LED project (Low Emission Development) funded by the Austrian Development Agency, LOCSEE (Low-Carbon South East Europe project) financed by the EC and an innovative financial mechanism for increasing the energy efficiency of buildings supported by the Netherlands.  Other initiatives mentioned in the presentation include the EC-funded Environment and Climate Regional Accession Network (ECRAN).

The Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change (CMCC) together with REC will discuss on November 21 'Integrating Climate Knowledge into Planning, OrientGate and other case studies in SEE'. This event will focus on case studies aiming to connect climate change policy planners with communities that produce real knowledge about climate change by exploring risks relating to coastal, rural and urban experience. Orientgate is a partnership comprising 19 financing partners, 11 associates and three observers.

Finally, in keeping with tradition, the REC will address high-level participants with an official statement during the plenary session.

Polish involvement

REC Poland is also making a significant contribution to this international gathering.

From November 11-22, REC Poland will be hosting a Green Climate Exhibition at the Palace of Culture and Science in Warsaw. Alongside Polish CO project presentations, demonstrations of the Blue Simulator and Blue Pack will be on hand for visitors. Also, a number of workshops aimed at high school students and the general public will be on offer concerning zero-energy housing and energy efficiency. The 'science of climate change' is another topic people can learn about at this particular station.

From November 17-20, CO Poland will sponsor a series of intriguing debates:

  • Nov. 17 (14:00-17:00) Debate: 'In search of a business way out of the climate chance clinch. Will green-biz strategies pay off?'
  • Nov. 18 (14:00-17:00) Debate: 'Can Poland live without coal?'
  • Nov. 19 (14:00-17:00) Debate: 'In search of an elegant solution: Can technology save us from environmental disaster?'
  • Nov. 20 (14:00-17:00) Debate: 'Ethics of climate change: Shaping climate solidarity one person at a time - Is it feasible?'