By Paul Bertram, Director: Environment, Sustainability, Government Affairs, Kingspan Insulated Metal Panels North America
As part of my current responsibilities for Kingspan Insulated Metal panels North America, I focus on Government Affairs. This has led to my participation at the Paris COP21 meetings representing Kingspan.
Here is some good background information to understand what this is all about: In 1992, countries joined an international treaty, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, to cooperatively consider what they could do to limit average global temperature increases and the resulting climate change, and to cope with whatever impacts were, by then, inevitable.
By 1995, countries realized that emission reductions provisions in the Convention were inadequate. They launched negotiations to strengthen the global response to climate change, and, two years later, adopted the Kyoto Protocol.
The Kyoto Protocol legally binds developed countries to emission reduction targets. The Protocol’s first commitment period started in 2008 and ended in 2012.
The second commitment period began on 1 January 2013 and will end in 2020.
Monday November 30th was the opening plenary where 150 Heads of State and Government were in attendance and each gave a short opening speech during the Leaders Event. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-‐Moon opened the session by leading a moment of silence for the victims of the Paris attacks.
President of COP21 and the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, Laurent Fabius, stated that “This is the HISTORIC event the world is waiting for.”
President of France François Holland stated that the need to determine a credible path allowing for the limit of global warming to below 2 or 2.5 degrees Celsius. Among the prominent speakers, President Obama gave a compelling statement that included some key points:
He stated that we have arrived at a moment that we decided to save our planet!
He noted that no one is immune to what climate change means.
He acknowledged that as the world’s largest economy and second largest emitter, the US recognizes its role in creating this problem and recognizes its role in doing something about it.
After the plenary session I wondered around the very large campus getting oriented when I bumped into Al Gore and had a quick chat with him about Kingspan.
In wrapping up Monday’s event it is important to understand that High Performance Building Energy Efficiency reduces Demand Side Loads and related GHGs. Envelope First Energy Efficiency with Kingspan insulated metal panels and the newly launched IPN-QuadCore insulation technology that delivers an R-8 per inch are an ideal exterior insulation solution.