The Kyoto Protocol, having set binding targets for 37( + 4 that are to be added till the end of 2012) developed countries to reduce GHG emissions to 10-20 percent below the 1990 levels by 2012, however, may lose its significance in the second period since some countries such as Canada, Japan and China were reportedly unwilling to take part.

Durban 2011 - A Second Chance to Climate Change

Vasileios D. Bizios

On Monday ( 28.11) , the UN Climate Conference ( COP17) in Durban began. Expectations were low , since USA and China , the world’s biggest emitters , continue to oppose internationally binding climate legislation . On the other  hand Russia , Germany, Brazil  and India are picking up pace setting aside the strict economic boundaries of the Europe.

EU has once again offered to increase its reduction targets , but this idea was abandoned as soon as Canada declared the resignation from the Kyoto protocol.

 

 

Everything pointed to the end of the last attempt to salvage the Climate but; after two weeks and more than a day extension of difficult negotiations, Germany , Australia , Brazil  , South Africa agreed  to extend the Kyoto Protocol and to negotiate a binding agreement for all countries to cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

These agreements, include the inclusion of a second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol, which will commence in January 2013, in the “Durban Platform, implementation of the Green Climate Fund, establishment of the Adaptation Committee, further development of REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation), continuation of both Eligible Mechanisms ( JI , CDM) , adaptation of guidelines from developed countries already members of the treaty ( such as Greece , Romania , Cyprus ), establishment of a new Eligible Mechanism (till 2015)

These results will definitely avoid a gap at the end of the first commitment period of the Protocol, ending in 2012.

The Protocol, having set binding targets for 37( + 4 that are to be added till the end of 2012) developed countries to reduce GHG emissions to 10-20 percent below the 1990 levels by 2012, however, may lose its significance in the second period since some countries such as Canada, Japan and China  were reportedly unwilling to take part.


With the US still opting out of the Protocol, it is likely that the Protocol will only achieve small reductions of GHG emissions.

Even so , these results are considered to be positive , taking into account the overall financial crisis.



 

The background , was set by the Durban COP17 Conference , giving a second chance to Climate Change.  It’s up to us to make this chance count.

 

Born 1985,Vasileios Bizios is an MSc. Mechanical Engineer & Aeronautics Engineer. He has graduated the University of Patras and his Msc is based in the areas of Aeronautics , Experimental Fluid Research and Energy.. Thus, in 2006 he accepted his first position as an Assistant of Professor Dr.Dionysius D. Margaris at the University’s Department of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering Laboratory where he gained extensive experience in the field of Fluid Research. Also during his college years he worked as an assistant at the laboratory For Manufacturing Systems and Automation. He is an active member of EUROAVIA and Upatras student Association. He graduated in 2010. His thesis was ‘Construction and experimental research of a subsonic widtunnel test section. He has numerous letters of recommendation from his Professors.

Recognized as a high-potential executive, in 2009, Bill’s career took a ten-fold leap in responsibility when he was sought out by Solar Technologies S.A and accepted a project developers position concerning Photovoltaic and wind Renewable Energy resources. Easily making the transition from project developer to Carbon Trading Research executive in 2010.Such a demanding research took place in the rather hostile (for new ideas )country Greece. He didn’t disappoint, championing the complete overhaul and modernization of the company’s possibilities to evolve in a Carbon Trading company.

Today, Vasileios Bizios resides Greece,. While open to opportunities, he has focused his search on CO2 or other senior technology executive roles in financial services, trading, acquisition-oriented, and other complex, information-intensive companies. Bill can be reached at 210-6198908 / vmpizios@solartechnologies.gr and he maintains a personal mail (vmpizios@gmail.com) with additional information regarding his career and his credentials.


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