Warm reception for Copenhagen delegates

A team of University delegates has received a standing ovation at climate change talks in Copenhagen.

Students and graduates from the MSc course in Carbon Management gave a presentation as part of Scotland Day, organised by the Scottish Government, British Council Scotland and the University.

The event was held on the fringe of the main UN Conference of the Parties.

Historic opportunity

Delegates stressed the historic opportunity presented by the conference for developed nations to lead the way in establishing climate legislation.

They also discussed the need for an overarching, enforceable agreement for all nations and cited recent legislation introduced in Scotland as an example for other nations to follow.

Sharing technology

The researchers also discussed the need for effective financial mechanisms and sharing of technologies relevant to climate change.

The University was awarded official observer status at the Copenhagen conference, which was intended to decide the future of global climate action beyond 2012.

The Edinburgh contingent was the largest Scottish delegation taking part.

The delegates delivered an impassioned case for the need for urgent action on climate change, and their enthusiastic presentation was warmly received by the audience. In short, they did the University proud.

Dr Dave ReayCourse co-ordinator, MSc Carbon Management