Energy and Carbon - review of the year 2009

Without doubt the biggest story of the year in the energy and carbon sector was the 15th meeting of the Conference Of the Parties.

Cop15, in the Danish capital of Copenhagen, was the culmination of two years of talks and saw two weeks of tense negotiations to deliver the Copenhagen Accord.

The Copenhagen Accord stops short of being legally binding but does have some powers.

It is operational now and will be reviewed in 2015 when it could be improved depending on new agreements and the scientific evidence then.

Elsewhere in the sector it was claimed the United Kingdom is losing millions through resource inefficiency

The British retail sector could save an estimated £360 million every year by adopting simple measures to improve their resource efficiency.

According to research conducted for Envirowise, a Government-funded body set up to advise the business community, companies could make huge savings by accurately tracking their environmental performance and taking steps to improve it.

While Oxford University received $50 million (£36 million)from a benefactor's will to create a new school to help it tackle global problems including climate change.

Luke Walsh


COP15 Climate Talks


Energy efficiency & low-carbon
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