At Climate Talks, Weighing Success of Forest Preservation Scheme

20 November 2013

Warsaw’s bitterly cold winter is evident the moment you arrive at the aiport where an icy wind is blowing. For many delegates at the UN climate conference taking place in the Polish city, the temperatures are a shock. Many of them are from Asia, Africa or Latin America and they aren’t used to the biting cold of the Polish capital. Many make a beeline for the aiport shops, hunting for warm scarves, gloves or caps.

But, both at the airport as well as in the city, there’s surprisingly little sign of the 19th Conference of the Parties (COP 19), as the global climate talks in Warsaw are called. Most Poles seem to be taking little notice of the mega event held in their city. Even the main television stations aren’t leading their news shows with the discussions on the fight against climate change.

At the cultural palace, in the heart of the city, a huge poster welcomes guests. Inside, an exhibition, financed by the Polish environment ministry, advocates renewable energies. But it doesn’t seem to be attracting the crowds. Businessman Witold Glen patiently explains how his mid-scale company’s new heating system works to the few guests who have made it to the exhibtion. “With our system, you can save up to 70 percent of energy costs. The investments pay off quite fast,” he says. The company Makroterm holds 37 patents. The model, which is based on solar cells, woods and a condensing boiler, has twice received awards of excellence.

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