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Copenhagen was a whole oxygen space for billions of people, staring at most powerful leaders in the world, who was trying to be closer in their thoughts, minds and actions. Netherless there was some intentions, concrete resume can’t be a real success, comparing the objectives, proposed by European Union. These was guided by three main goals to target:

  • 20% raising of energy efficiency
  • 20% raising in using of renewal energies
  • 20% share of biofuels in renewal ones

These “20 gimmick” shares, were part of a whole plan, with:

  • energy efficiency
  • reduction of fossil fuels and energies
  • raise of renewal energies
  • reduction of nuclear energy use
  • progress in carbon capture and storage
  • a hope for reduction of CO2 emission

Meanwhile some tried to build a newer energy power, through kind of treaty, commitments and negotiations, there was a rising trouble, born between US and China: one, showed by everyone for king of pollution and wastes, other rising power country, that want to have a share of voice, in its early industrial revolution and its need for energy consumption. While US lead world development since years, and lead then, the largest emissions of CO2, China doesn’t want to be the good boy, staring now others say “you’re gonna avoid any CO2 emission, because world standards need to”. That was a kind of request out of Copenhagen, and any dealer of the conference, agreed with a so soft commitment: “all elements have been notified and noted in order to…”. So what?
EU has been marginalized in all the Copenhagen process: it started well, with such lots of initiatives, EU could have been kind of moderator, looking at BRIC moves and hopes, and US gentleman style, trying to cope with issue of credit crunch and giving a new start for economy.
Nethertheless, the next big thing is maybe the famous carbon tax, which project has been impulsed by France, in order to regulate carbon production and tax bad boys. Yes, this project is gonna make some noise inside and outside EU, because it released the relations in commercial exchanges, and distribute new way to produce and deliver: cost will be added to farest products, in the benefit of local ones. A kind of disguised protectionism, when no one wants to hear about it, fearing of old rules of commerce.

What will be the result of such an idea? probably silent war of preferring local consumption, that almost constitutes a step forward for carbon footprint reducing, but also a threat and unbalanced issue on commercial exchanges with EU, and INSIDE EU too. A kind of “reason to give up” other good resolutions. And maybe organization of local controlled power units, trying to survive or to develop substitute economies.
Fortunately, investments in cloud computing, directly driven by explosion of web 2.0, will be a sunset to energy consumption reducing. Progress in technology, can drive us to energy care, efficiency and more chip power. And it’s here, from dawn we can appreciate efforts of cooperation in research and development, with multi-cultural teams in the world. And consume our “CO2.0”, well new dressed!

Still remain 3 victories in this huge giants meeting: commitment on lowering 2 celsius degrees average temp on earth, financing up to $100b to reduce CO2 emissions and wastes, and REDD pact, leading to reduce large deforestation and giving a chance to new fields of trees. That starts a range of hope, but still stands lot to do: maybe China and US, in a single voice, happy to load again with EU, to the next banquet for green success. And that must be with the whole support of citizens, forgetting their own interests, for earth’s sake…

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