Environmental Technologies by the KKL-JNF Delegation

The delegates eagerly await the arrival of President Shimon Peres, who is expected in Denmark on Wednesday and meanwhile prepare for the official candle-lighting ceremony to be conducted by KKL-JNF Denmark in honor of the fourth night of Hanuka.

January 17, 2010 11:59
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KKL BIKE top. (photo credit: KKL)


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On the eighth day of the Copenhagen conference, representatives of the KKL-JNF delegation from Israel and the KKL-JNF Denmark team continue to greet an endless stream of visitors to the KKL-JNF booth in the conference exhibition. The stream increased after the Sunday side-event, at which Israeli experts, including KKL-JNF representatives, presented Israeli achievements in preventing global warming, many of which relate to KKL-JNF accomplishments in this field.

The delegates eagerly await the arrival of President Shimon Peres, who is expected in Denmark on Wednesday and meanwhile prepare for the official candle-lighting ceremony to be conducted by KKL-JNF Denmark in honor of the fourth night of Hanuka.

The Copenhagen Conference - A City in a Cloak of Hope - Hopenhagen

By: Dr. Or Karassin, Chairperson of the KKL-JNF Delegation to COP15

In honor of the United Nations Conference on Climate Change, the city of Copenhagen had an especially optimistic ambience, despite the cold weather characteristic of December. Despite the optimism, it could be said that the conference planners miscalculated in bringing the world's policy makers about the decade's most important conference on global warming, to the Danish frost. Situating this conference in the Sahara Desert may have resulted in a less amiable conference - but a more effective one…

While the heated, official discussions stopped for a break on Sunday, life in the city continued to bustle in an especially Green, environmental way. For the Danes, the largest political conference in their country provided an opportunity to turn their capital, which is anyway green all year long, into a display of advanced environmental technologies, particularly in the field of transportation. In the city center, electric car manufacturers, assembled in an open air exhibition, complete with manufacturers' explanations. Shai Agassi's "Better Place" from Israel went on display near the Copenhagen City Hall with several others that illustrated how the world is creating different, even odd, variations on the theme of electric cars.

One interesting example is the "Move About" company, amongst the first electric car-sharing initiatives in Europe, aiming to reduce toxic emission by simply reducing the number of cars on the road.

The interesting BMW "Hydrogen Seven," actually defined as a commercial vehicle, is fueled by liquid hydrogen cooled to -253ºC, that, when driven, emits only water. One hundred such cars have already been manufactured and distributed to fortunate people in several countries. Andreas Klugescheid, BMW spokesperson, said that "there are still technological hurdles that the company will overcome to produce a commercial car on a large scale in 3-5 years, such as the hydrogen fuel tank, which is made of cast metal rather than plastic, the insulation of the liquid hydrogen from the rest of the car, the accumulated pressure in the fuel tank which must be released every few days and the deployment of hydrogen fuel stations."

Visitors to the city center may choose to experience a "conference cab" - a multi-wheeled round bicycle that enables those cycling on it to converse on a sort of "roundtable" while traveling. One may imagine that it is difficult to cycle in circles, but it is certainly a very social option for those who feel solitary when cycling.

The Greenpeace ship also arrived in Copenhagen, anchoring in the famous Nyhavn Canal next to many old fishing boats that regularly anchor there and, despite the large poster against global warming, between its masts, blending rather well with the local scenery.

The city offered several open air art-exhibitions on themes of sustainability, environment and climate and despite the cold, the art and photography attracted many visitors - at least for a short time.

The city of Copenhagen is now decked in the hope that the world leaders will negotiate until the forthcoming global agreement on carbon emission cuts is completed. Only an ambitious and binding agreement will give the world the hope it so desperately needs.

For more information, please visit our website at www.kkl.org.il/eng or e-mail ahuvab@kkl.org.il

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