UN Global Climate Conference COP24 Opens in Poland

24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

COP24 is the informal name for the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

The conference – which takes place on 2-14 December in Katowice, Poland – is organized in accordance with the environmental policy of the Ministry of the Environment, entered in the register of the Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS).

The EU EMAS is a premium management instrument developed by the European Commission for companies and other organizations to evaluate, report, and improve their environmental performance.

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The pro-ecological dimension of the conference includes the promotion of public and low-emission transport, common use of reusable materials, waste sorting and compensation for unavoidable greenhouse gas emissions by afforestation of approximately 700 ha of the country’s area after the conference.

Everything in Katowice, including warming large halls and plates and cups in buffets, is prepared with a view to natural environment.

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In the framework of good environmental practices settled by EMAS on COP24, the conference will:

– promote sustainable transport – guests are encouraged to use transport, car sharing / electric cars, and logistic tasks are carried out before or after rush hours. On the other hand, you can use an electric scooter to move around the rally facilities,

– minimize the use of resources and raw materials, such as water or electricity, thanks to modern sanitary equipment or using energy-saving light bulbs,

– print ecologicallydouble-sided, using recycled or certified paper, relying on electronic communication (E-agreements),

– segregate waste for reuse, sorting and recycling,

– avoid the use of disposable products,

– prepared decorations of commercial rooms – offices, pavilions, conference rooms, are made of reusable materials. Just like backdrops, platforms or wall elements. A large part of furniture is also biodegradable products,

– minimize greenhouse gas emissions and fully compensate for the COP24 summit with afforestation of about 700 ha of Poland’s area,

On the last day of the climate conference, the Minister of the Environment, Henryk Kowalczyk, during the panel “EMAS – in practice”, will present the jubilee the EMAS certificates.

Photo: COP24

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