Overnight snow covered the Bella Center in a blanket of white, and the temperature was below freezing point as Electrolux interviewed the delegates who were delighted that the metro station at the Bella Center was open again.
A large percentage of the delegates seem to be preoccupied with what seems to be an intense last-minute sprint in the negotiations to conclude a new climate agreement. The million-dollar question is whether policy makers can reach consensus and find a solution. The developing countries’ situation was again a topic that attracted great interest, as were the economic aspects of the negotiations.
Other “hot” topics included global energy reduction and the relationship between the US and China in the negotiations. Optimism is low with respect to reaching a new climate agreement, explaining the fact why the barometer’s arrow is still pointing to “problematic”.
Measurements on the COP15 barometer, December 17, 2009:
Belief that the Copenhagen conference is moving closer to an agreement:
The most important issues of the day raised by our interviewees (in order of importance):
- Intense sprint in the negotiations to conclude a new climate agreement
- Developing countries’ negotiations situation
- Global energy reduction
- Economic implications of the negotiations
- Relations between China and the US
About the COP15 Barometer
From December 14 to18, 2009, Danish online newspaper metroXpress.dk, in cooperation with Electrolux, will check the temperature and mood each day at the climate negotiations taking place at Copenhagen’s Bella Center. Between 70 and 100 delegates and journalists will be asked each day what they think about the negotiations’ progress and what they see as today’s “hot” topic. Click here to see the COP15 Barometer online.