Western Power Distribution’s and EA Technology’s Electric Nation and OpenLV projects are being presented at the 2017 UN Climate Change Conference (COP23), 6 to 17 November in Bonn. The Electric Nation and OpenLV presentations are taking place on 9 November.
The Government has a UK Pavilion within the Bonn Zone at the conference. On the 9 & 10 of November it will be showcasing UK expertise in low carbon innovation, particularly with an energy focus.
At 12.30pm in the UK Pavilion on 9 November Mark Dale from Western Power Distribution and Esther Dudek from EA Technology will each be giving 15 minute presentations on WPD’s innovation projects including OpenLV and Electric Nation.
The Electric Nation project has been recruiting 500-700 electric vehicle drivers to take part in a smart charging trial. The project now has 700 participants in the pipeline, with over 400 smart chargers installed.
The OpenLV project is opening up live local electricity usage data. This will help accelerate the transition to low carbon technologies including electric cars, renewable energy generation and smart buildings.
With 197 Parties, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has near universal membership and is the parent treaty of the 1997 Kyoto Protocol. The Kyoto Protocol has been ratified by 192 of the UNFCCC Parties.
The ultimate objective of both treaties is to stabilise greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that will prevent dangerous human interference with the climate system.
The nations of the world will meet at COP23 to advance the aims and ambitions of the Paris Agreement and achieve progress on its implementation guidelines.
Recent news items released in advance of COP23 include that Concentrations of CO2 in the Earth’s atmosphere surged to a record high in 2016, according to the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) (see http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-41778089) and in its annual review, the UN says the gap between carbon cutting plans and the reductions required to keep temperature rises below 2 degrees Celsius is “alarmingly high” (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-41802982).
The photograph above is a winner from the COP23 Pacific Photo Competition, of the Adagege artificial island on Lau Lagoon in the Solomon Islands, North Malaita, which has become vulnerable to sea level rise as a result of climate change.