FROM KYOTO TO COPENHAGEN, WHERE NEXT? INTERVIEW IN OXYGEN WITH NOBEL PRIZE WINNER RAJENDRA K. PACHAURI

Published on Friday, 11 December 2009

The Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Pachauri, awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007, interviewed by Pino Buongiorno in the December issue of the scientific magazine created by Enel.
In the opening editorial of the magazine, Fulvio Conti, Enel Chief Executive Officer and General Manager, underlines the importance of involving every nation in the world in the fight against climate change, something that will only be possible “if the emissions containment targets are reasonable and achievable”

Rome, December 11th, 2009 - “I expect Western countries to set an emissions reduction target for 2020 and beyond, and developing countries such as China, India and Brazil to take on specific commitments for overall CO2 emissions on the basis of their own national policies.”  These are the words of Nobel Peace Prize winner Rajendra K. Pachauri, in an interview given to Pino Buongiorno for Oxygen, the quarterly magazine launched and supported by Enel to promote and raise awareness of scientific thinking and dialogue, published in Turin by Codice Edizioni.

“It’s up to the United States to do more to reach a valuable agreement”, continues Pachauri who, in a lengthy interview given to Oxygen, talks about the influence of Mahatma Gandhi on his work, about China, India and Europe: “european societies have a long tradition, they have come through difficult times, they know that resources are limited and that they must be used with great care”.

“It is an undeniable fact that, in order to be effective, a reduction in carbon dioxide emissions must be planned and implemented on a global scale”,  says Fulvio Conti, Enel Chief Executive Officer and General Manager, in his opening editorial in the magazine.  He continues: “partial solutions would have the undesirable effect of introducing competitive distortions and would, above all, make it impossible to achieve appreciable results. It will only be possible to involve all the nations of the world in the fight against climate change if the emissions containment targets are reasonable and achievable, and if common responsibilities and capacities are accepted by all”.

The same edition contains an interview with Fatih Birol, Head of the Economic Analysis Division at the International Energy Agency, on the end of the oil age.  There are also articles by Corrado Clini, Director General of the Italian Environment Ministry, Stefano Caserini, lecturer at Milan’s Polytechnic University, Sören Hermansen, Director of the Energy Academy, Patrick Moore, founding member of Greenpeace, and now consultant on Government and Industry for Greenspirit Strategies,  Richard Muller, Professor and researcher at the Department of Physics, University of California, Berkeley, Mario Magliaro, researcher at CNR (Italian Research Council) Palermo, and Livio Vido, Director of the Enel Engineering and Innovation Division.

To coincide with the Copenhagen summit, Oxygen is also publishing images of the exhibition “100 Places to Remember Before They Disappear” presented in Copenhagen on the occasion of COP15: 100 pictures from some of the best photographers in the world of 100 places on the planet at risk of disappearing or that are under serious threat from the effects of global warming. The project was developed by Stine Norden and Soren Rud of Co+Life.

| December, 11 2009

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