Paris hosted, from November 30 through December 11, 2015, COP21, an annual conference of the UN Framework on Climate Change (UNFCCC), with an objective of agreeing on a legally binding agreement on climate, with the aim of keeping global warming below 2°C. The conference attracted huge participation from around the world including thousands of official delegates from governments of 196 parties, intergovernmental organisations, UN agencies, corporations, NGOs and civil society.
Over more than 2 weeks, government representatives negotiated and agreed on the “Paris Agreement” what was than qualified by the UN as a “turning point” on climate change.
Technology and innovation were present and highly visible at the Climate Generations Area, showcasing innovative technological ideas that may have an enormous rescue for the climate change.
Google hosted at its Paris office a event on renewable energy future, bringing senior officials from private companies ( Ikea, Unilever, Marks & Spencer, and Philips ) and officials from the European parlement. Improving technology and increased investment in innovation was clearly the number one objective of representatives of the RE100, a group of private companies committed all to 100% renewable energy.
Few example of technological innovation showcased during the conference :
Global Forest Watch using Google Maps
Bicycle generating energy
Wind energy tree