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Remember our opinion piece on Euractiv on a scenario outcome for COP21? Even better!
For once the agreement was more ambitious that originally thought. We feel privileged to have witnessed from the inside a historic moment, one which produced a deal signed by 195 countries committing to limit, in a joint effort, global warming to 1.5°C by the end of the century. Sure, the content of the deal could have been better, and the INDCs submitted more ambitious, but what matters most is that for the first time in history, world leaders agreed on a single direction for the future.
It was an exciting and exhausting week for us. We manned a stand in the UNFCCC area to meet people from all around the world who had one goal: to share their solutions to help reach the ‘intended nationally determined contributions’ of countries and mitigate global warming. As you can imagine, we were there to talk about sugarcane products and the way they can help reduce emissions, whether in transport or power generation.
The UNFCCC area was a real hive that never really slept during the climate negotiations. We met over 300 people on our stand, among which many delegates, including those from Brazil. Many of them had a go at our sugarcane quiz, took pictures on the stand, asked for more information about sugarcane ethanol’s potential in the transport sector. We are very proud to plant 500 trees in Brazil as a result of our agreement with the Green Initiative!
This is our last post of the year, and we wanted to say thanks to all of you for reading our blog in 2015. We’re looking forward to coming back next year; when we will sit down to discuss how we turn this agreement into reality.
Here we are! In Paris, following another round of negotiations on climate.
I hope an ambitious agreement can be found at the end of these two weeks and we are happy to provide our contribution to the debate. The sugarcane industry is committed as you can see from our pledges:
We pledge to maintain an average 90% GHG reduction for each litre of gasoline replaced by ethanol in Brazil.
We aim at maximising the use of sugarcane residues to supply clean bioelectricity and biofuels.
We do not and never will engage in illegal deforestation activities.
You can come and see our stand, in the UNFCCC area (Blue Zone for the insiders), as of 7 December. We challenge you to answer a few questions on sugarcane. If you are right we will plant a tree in Brazil, with the help of The Green Initiative. You can get some training through our Twitter account @SugarcaneOrg or our website.
Outside the Blue Zone, you’ll have several other chances to hear about us, starting from Sunday 6 December at the “World Climate Summit”, where our very own Elizabeth Farina, UNICA’s CEO, will speak in an interactive panel discussion on bio products and biofuels.
Elizabeth will also speak at the “Sustainable Land Use in Brazil” on Monday 7 December, together with a group of representatives from - among others - the Brazilian agribusiness association, WWF Brazil, and the World Resources Institute.
Finally, on 8 December, the Environment Department of the San Paulo State will launch the Climate Protocol of the State of Sao Paulo at the Brazilian Embassy. As a signatory, UNICA will be there, delivering a few words about the importance of this protocol and how sugarcane can contribute to the reduction of emissions.
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