So far these summits that started in Rio de Janeiro in 1992 uniting hundreds heads of states and of governments as well as environmental and energy ministers have produced many statements on climatic goals but no positive results. On the contrary, since 1992 global CO2 emissions have increased by 56% and Red Baron is convinced that COP21 will not turn the tide.
|Change of CO2 emissions for various countries and the globe|
between 1990 and 2013 (©Die Welt)
*It was easy for the Russians to increase their energy efficiency. Red Baron had experienced the wasting of energy under the Communist regime. Overheating badly insulated buildings by using cheap coal-generated energy seemed to be the only luxury for the people in those times.
There are new ideas about how to invest in the limitation of CO2 emissions more intelligently than up to now. It will indeed be more cost-effective to re-afforest regions in Africa or Asia than to insulate buildings in industrialized countries further; but do you really think that the West will spend its money on such measures?
|CO2-output for the most important "emitters" between 1990 and 2013 (©Die Welt)|
|World reserves of fossil fuels and coal reserves of selected countries (©BP)|