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The final day for the EurActiv / Blogactiv team coincides with the planned final day of the Copenhagen Climate Conference. For me, the day was dominated by three main themes. Firstly, posturing. There were so many leaders on show that all needed to spread their wings and be a part of a global spectacle. In… » read more

Posted by Stuart Langridge

Blogactiv was pleased to speak to Ricardo Cordoba, President of GE Energy for Western Europe and North Africa. We asked Mr Cordoba about the price of energy and for how long subsidies for green technology might be required. [kml_flashembed movie=”http://www.youtube.com/v/4tHYC9KQ4Eg” width=”425″ height=”350″ wmode=”transparent” /] This interview was conducted on Tuesday 15th December by Daniela Vincenti… » read more

Posted by Stuart Langridge

The last hours of Friday in the Bella Center were both fascinating and depressing. In a former professional life, I knew someone that had been involved in WTO negotiations. He used to describe them to me as multi-player chess with 200 participants and hundreds of issues and that as such deals were always impossible because… » read more

Posted by Stuart Langridge

It is 23.40 in the Bella Center at the UN Copenhagen Climate Conference and American President Barak Obama has just announced the basis of a deal. He did this while the European press corps was waiting over an hour for an EU press conference… The EU press conference didn’t happen! At this early stage, the… » read more

Posted by Stuart Langridge

Blogactiv spoke to the UN Special Envoy on Climate Change, President Lagos (Former President of Chile and President of the Club de Madrid), about the progress and complications of reaching a deal at the Copenhagen Climate Conference. [kml_flashembed movie=”http://www.youtube.com/v/AhD4DXi08hs” width=”425″ height=”350″ wmode=”transparent” /] [kml_flashembed movie=”http://www.youtube.com/v/J349oxZPIvo” width=”425″ height=”350″ wmode=”transparent” /] This interview was conducted on Thursday… » read more

Posted by Michael Wolfindale

In the Committee of the Regions side event, Blogactiv spoke to Simon Brooks, Vice President of the European Investment Bank about the role of cities and local authorities in countering climate change. [kml_flashembed movie=”http://www.youtube.com/v/mg4rCd3J5WE” width=”425″ height=”350″ wmode=”transparent” /] This interview was conducted on Wednesday 16th December 2009 by Stuart Langridge.

Posted by Michael Wolfindale

We speak to Mark Kenber for a second time. He explains to Blogactiv the organisational problems at the Bella Centre and the impact this is having on NGOs being represented at the event and in the negotiations. [kml_flashembed movie=”http://www.youtube.com/v/2C6-3FVYSW0″ width=”425″ height=”350″ wmode=”transparent” /] This was recorded on 18th December.

Posted by Michael Wolfindale

It is just past 21.00 in the Bella Center, Copenhagen, and progress for a workable climate deal seems limited so far. Unofficially, I am told that the delegation from Costa Rica has gone to dinner because they don’t think there is much going on. There is a rumour that the Russian delegation, including Medvedev has… » read more

Posted by Stuart Langridge

Blogactiv spoke to Jane Davidson MP (Minister for the Environment, Sustainability and Housing in the UK) about the role of regions in reducing CO2 emissions and her expectations for the outcome of the Copenhagen Climate Conference. [kml_flashembed movie=”http://www.youtube.com/v/LzMJ66kcD8c” width=”425″ height=”350″ wmode=”transparent” /] This interview was conducted on Tuesday 15th December 2009 by Daniela Vincenti Mitchener.

Posted by Michael Wolfindale