COP15 Update – IPCC, solar power and designing a global carbon market

In the plenary hall, the two separate streams of the conference are due to converge in the High-level segment this morning (that’s if all goes according to schedule). World leaders will kick off one and a half days of national statements this afternoon.

Even limited to three minutes each, it will take a long time for every country to have its say, and statements are expected to run into the wee hours of the night. Meanwhile, the pace of negotiations will accelerate as delegation attempt to get a workable agreement for leaders to sign.

See below for some of the SMC’s picks for those covering the event.

The SMC has set up a COP15 resource page here.

Highlights from the programme:

Official events:

The ad-hoc working groups are due to report back to the joint plenary from 10 – 12 in Tycho Brahe.

National statements from ministers/heads of governments kick off at 12 noon and run through 17 and early hours of the 18 Dec.

Statement from New Zealand Climate Change Minister Nick Smith is scheduled for 17 Dec between 21:00 – 24:00 (~23:00 estimating from placement in line up)

Informal groups’ sessions will continue alongside events in the plenary hall.

Closing session – 18 Dec – more than 100 world leaders due to attend.

Press briefings (available to watch online on demand)

10:30 – 11:00 – Munich Climate Insurance Initiative: Vulnerable countries and people: How disaster risk reduction and insurance can help adaptation
Asger Jorn Rm

11:00 – 11:30 – Pew Center on Global Climate Change
Asger Jorn Rm

11:00 – 11:30 – UNFCCC: Executive Secretary
Press Conference Rm

12:30 – 13:00 – IPCC Nobel Peace Programme and Secretary General
Press Conference Rm

15:00 – 15:30 – Delegation of United States: Announcement of the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases
Asger Jorn Rm

18:00 – 18:30 – UNFCCC: Executive Secretary
Press Conference Room

18:30 – 19:00 – Convention on Biological Diversity: Connecting Biodiversity and Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation
Press Conference Room

Side events (for those in Copenhagen)

09:00 – 10:30 – Designing a transparent and credible global carbon market The panel discussion will analyze the market design elements necessary to ensure efficient and transparent trading systems for carbon allowances and offsets featuring Ms. Tracy Wolstencroft, Goldman Sachs, EU policymakers and congressional staff.
Halfdan Rasmussen Rm

13:00 – 14:30 – The Smart Green Grid initiative in the USA
This event will look at this initative and its impacts on the energy demand and supply.
Mount Everest 2 – in the Crowne Plaza Hotel (next to the Bella Center)

16:30 – 18:00 – Seizing solar power: Key to reducing CO2 emissions now. Solar industry organizations from around the globe present new global figures, analyses and business scenarios on the role that this renewable technology can play in combating climate change
Niels Bohr Rm

@iSeeT Kiosk:

13:00  – ITU Business Talks –  Information and Communication Technologies for Climate Change:
Green ICT to Save the Planet – Mr. Hans Vestberg – President and CEO of Ericsson; Mr. Ban Ki-moon – Secretary-General, United Nations; Mr. Bjorn Stigson – President of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development; Mr. Lasse Gustavsson – CEO of World Wild Fund (WWF) Sweden; Mr. Jean Reveillon – Secretary-General; European Broadcasting Union (EBU)

14:00 – 14:30 – Science – driving our response to climate change
Dr. Vicky Pope, Head of Climate Change Advice, Met Office UK

15:00 – 15:30 – Space-based information for climate change mitigation and disaster management – Dr. Jörg Szarzynski, Senior Expert; and Ms. Michele Kasdano, United Nations Platform for Space-based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response (UN-SPIDER)

Updates from the AusSMC:

Additional audio and video updates to their site

A list of Australian scientists who are in Copenhagen has been compiled by the AusSMC. Please contact Nigel Kerby or SMC(NZ) for more details.

If you are in Copenhagen and require assistance tracking down an expert, contact the AusSMC’s Nigel Kerby on (+45) 2660 7655 (Danish mobile) or email

Further Information
To talk to any of the experts quoted above contact the Science Media Centre on tel: 04 499 5476 or email: