After Cop 27

Be brave enough to always look at the bright side of life

Dipl.-Ing.(TU) Werner P. Bauer

The results of the 27th United Nations Climate Change Conference (Cop27) have been sufficiently rebuked. Always look on the bright side of life. At least there was a panel on "Methane from waste sector: opportunities and challenges to deliver the global methane pledge" (GMP). Even if the 1.5 hours on November 17th are a bit short for the "Third largest source of anthropogenic methane emissions"; there were other panels on GMP.
A (fresh) start has been made. The announcement for the above panel states that, "Alternative treatments such as compost and biogas can cut waste methane emissions up to 96% and help GMP." Even this is only a beginning, which does not even start to describe the performance of waste management in reducing greenhouse gases (See >>>: Case Study of ZMS Schwandorf).

So, let’s look on the bright side of COP 27:
Bright side is:
The aim of "Turning the Corner from "Moment” to Momentum”.
"Since its launch at COP26, the Global Methane Pledge has generated unprecedented momentum for methane action to deliver on this shared goal, including growing political and financial support, landmark national methane plans and policies, and major new initiatives driving action in energy, agriculture, and waste.”  
Bright side is:
130 Countries signed the Global Methane Pledge.
Bright side is:
Science knows that sustainable waste management (SWM) has a big response on climate change. If it is succeeded to close the landfills for untreated waste, which is possible by using material AND thermal recovery more than 1 Mg CO2 equivalents per Capita and year we can be reduced. (See >>>: How to support Carbon Reduction and Circularity by Suitable Waste Management)

Bright side is:
Organizers of COP know: "Methane matters”

Bright side is:
Visualization showing the complex patterns of methane emissions produced globally between January 2018 and November 2018 from different sources.

I would like to mention the picture we are using for this newsletter. It is not Sharm el Sheikh, but Tenerife. More precisely Palmetum in Tenerife. A park with the rarest palm trees in the world. In former times it was a landfill.
(Read more >>> our article).
Werner Bauer
Vice President GWC

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