The Tasks of Cop23

Research Article

Austin Environ Sci. 2017; 2(3): 1025.

The Tasks of Cop23

Lane J-E*

Fellow with Public Policy Institute, Geneva

*Corresponding author: Jan-Erik Lane, Fellow with Public Policy Institute, 10 Charles Humbert, 1205 Geneva

Received: August 07, 2017; Accepted: August 31, 2017; Published: September 08, 2017


The coming COP23 reunion of the UNFCCC in Bonn this fall is decisive for the possibility of halting global warming. It must make certain that no more defections occur in the Common Pool Regime (CPR) that is the COP21 Treaty as well as face up to the enormous management tasks in implementing the three Goals I, II, III. At the same time it must confront the growing methane threat. This implies taking the Greenhouse gases (GHG) from all sectors of human activities into account.

Keywords: Decarbonisation; COP21; Treay Goals I; II; III; CO2s; GHGs; Solar power parks; Collective action; Management tasks.


We are coming closer to the major event this fall, namely the UNFCCC reunion of some 190 governments and a thousand journalists for the COP23 conference on climate change. Sponsored by islands state Fiji, the Bonn meeting in late November will send signals about the anti-global warming fight. The COP21 set the objectives – Goal I, II and III – but the COP23 has to decide over the means to these ends: strategy, technology, funding of decarbonisation in the 31st century. If COP23 fails, then Hawking’s warming about irrevocable climate changes will become more likely.

Energy is the basics. It generates not only survival but also affluence and wealth, being vital to both poor and rich countries. If energy consumption is reduced, there will be global economic recessions and mass poverty as well as unemployment. But Planet Earth consumes too much energy from one major source: burning fossil fuels. All forms of energy be measured, and these measures are translatable into each other - a major scientific achievement. One may employ some standard sources on energy consumption and what is immediately obvious is the immensely huge numbers involved - see Table 1.