The Dhaka Tribune's Abu Siddique reports from Bonn, Germany
With an aim to set an example for ensuring sustainable development, COP23 is trying to showcase different ways to curb carbon emission by introducing low carbon methods in transport, waste management, catering and energy use.
Introducing several electric and hybrid buses, as well as special electric COP23 shuttles – running on 100% renewable energy to carry participants between nearby metro stations and two separate zones named “Bula and Bonn” in the conference, are some of the initiatives.
Around 25,000 people including government delegates, representatives of observer organisations, businesses and journalists will attend the conference.
Apart from this, 600 bikes will be provided free of charge for participants to get from one conference zone to another, or even to the Bonn city centre.
“We think it is important for there to be electric transport at the Bonn Climate Change Conference, as it absolutely meets the key goals of COP23,” says Anja Wenmakers of Bonn’s public transport provider, SWB.
“We are committed to supporting climate action goals and believe that public transport in general can make an important contribution to quickly achieving these goals.”
Furthermore, a shuttle service with smaller electric vehicles through the Rheinaue Park will be organised by the German Environment Ministry.
The organiser said in its website: “The lion’s share of transport emissions will be from long distance travel of participants coming from abroad.”
Once the participants are in Bonn, they will have to make their way to the conference site each day, get around on site – and get back to the places they are staying at night. Reducing emissions caused by local transport is therefore a crucial part of the work of the COP23 Sustainability Taskforce, it added.
Clean, efficient energy
Apart from transport, energy is another important aspect of reducing the footprint of the UN Climate Change Conference COP23.
With an aim to ensure that, the organisers are seeking to keep all indoor areas at an average temperature of 21 degrees Celsius, and not warmer. And participants are requested to turn off room lights and ventilation as well as ICT equipment when not in use.
In addition, the COP organisers are making sure that the energy that is used in buildings is to the greatest extent possible from renewable sources.
“We have a target of 80% renewable energy all over the conference,” says Dennis Winkler, lead of the COP23 Sustainability Taskforce and responsible for the sustainability of UN climate change conferences.