COP glossary

There is a bewildering number of terms and abbreviations used at the COPs, and they’re coming up with new ones all the time… Here are some links that hopefully could help a little. Always remember that there is a wealth of politics and nuance and human suffering hidden behind these acronyms, which to some degree exemplify what the philosopher Gabriel Marcels calls the “spirit of abstraction”, or the ways in which modern technocratic societies tend to use abstract and technical language to make painful realities seem more comfortable, or to disguise suffering and injustice.

The UNFCCC official glossary

11 responses to “COP glossary

  1. No translation in French, Swaili and Portuguese ?


    The African Solution.
    The main features of the Free Africa Solar system is the versatility of the unit as well as its uniqueness, in the sense that it is the only cooker with a sun tracking device.
    The unit is very cheap and reliable. With a lifespan of Twenty years in which a change of the reflective material at a cost of Twenty Rand is needed every two to three years.

    Tests in Canada near the Arctic Circle proved that the unit can operate at any temperature as long as the sun is shining.

    Water boils during an environmental temperature of zero degrees.

    The versatility is shown where the cooker bakes bread at 5 degrees Celsius and a chilling wind was blowing.

    The quality of bread was good and the cooked food tasted better then stove cooked food because nutritious food like beans can be cooked for longer periods because the sun is free.
    The most profitable investment in the future.

    Invest in: Job creation, Skills development, saving on Electricity, protects the Environment and Poverty eradication.
    Take note of the return and benefits that can be accomplished through an investment in the Free Africa Solar project.

    South Africa has more than Ten Million very poor citizens, of which Five Million can benefit if supplied with Solar Cookers and Water heating units. One Million Free Africa Solar cookers and water heating units can solve this problem and also achieve much more.

    If taken a scenario where One Million Cooker-water heating units are manufactured and installed, over a period of Three years, at a cost of R1500 each, which include installation and training of the end user. Ten Thousand Jobs will be created, where in job skill development will be the focus. The future benefits will be that a saving of more than One Billion Rand will be saved annually and spend on other needed products, which will again create Tenths of Thousands of jobs in the future.
    The Skills development and experience in Manufacturing, Management, Trade and Being entrepreneurs will be of benefit for many years to come.
    The effect of the project will have a huge impact on creating a healthier environment and saving on the deforestation of our planet.
    The saving on the cost and hazel to buy fossil fuel or collecting fire wood can make a big difference in the lives of Five million poor people in the country.
    The following investment and profit account show that One Million Free Africa Solar Cookers is the best infrastructure investment possible. With an Annual return of more than the original investment.

    A B C D E F G
    B= C+D D=E+F G = Total benefits off spin
    Year Total investment Total spend on material Total spend on Total spend on Total spend on in job Return on investment
    per year. for fabrication. Job creation and Job creation Skills dev. In: Production, Benefits to poor community
    skills development Management, Healthier environment,
    Trade, Less electricity used.
    being an Entrepreneur, Saving on wood and fossil fuel
    1 R 500 000 000 R 175 000 000 R 325 000 000 R 175 000 000 R 150 000 000 R 400 000 000
    2 R 500 000 000 R 175 000 000 R 325 000 000 R 175 000 000 R 150 000 000 R 800 000 000
    3 R 500 000 000 R 175 000 000 R 325 000 000 R 175 000 000 R 150 000 000 R 1 200 000 000
    4 R 1 200 000 000
    5 R 1 200 000 000
    6 R 1 200 000 000
    7 R 1 200 000 000
    8 R 1 200 000 000
    9 R 1 200 000 000
    10 R 1 200 000 000
    Accumul: R 1 500 000 000 R 525 000 000 R 975 000 000 R 525 000 000 R 450 000 000 R 10 800 000 000
    The financial return is only a
    part of the bigger picture
    Jokkie Gauché

  3. David

    What does the letters and the number in COP 17 stand for

  4. Chili Paulos Nyoniyezwe

    ID No: 6507195391089
    Address: 189 St Francis Road
    Room 804
    Wish to apply, but don’t know how.
    Cell.: 0711818082

  5. Joyce

    I want to know about global warming cop 17 information please.

  6. Canesia mathebula

    kindly forward me the summary of the COP 17 Findings or recommendation would like to see how they can be incorporated at the local level(municipal )

    • Dear Canesia,

      This is my interpretation, so others might disagree, but here’s my summary. And it’s quite simple. International leaders have failed to do what needs to be done to turn around climate change, and you’re absolutely right to be taking the lead at municipal level. That’s where real change can happen.

      We need to cut back on our use of fossil fuels (coal, gas, petrol) as far as possible. That means reducing the use of private cars and increasing the energy efficiency of public transport. And getting more people onto bicycles. Localisation. Do people have the facilities they need (small shops, clinics, schools, transport hubs) within easy reach? We need to grow as many indigenous trees as possible, and use permaculture to create food forests for local food security, so that less food is transported. If we’re considering energy independence for electricity, we should try to use wind and solar as far as possible. Remember, most of SA’s electricity is currently generated by burning coal. But coal must stay in the ground. More efficient stoves for people who cook with wood, and wonderbags to reduce fuel needs can help. Land use change and degradation, and soil loss, are big problems. Farmers should turn to low or no-till organic agriculture and permaculture as far as possible. Many farmers are already doing this. Unused land should be given over to planting indigenous trees. We must stop using the Earth, and start nurturing it. The Earth is our Mother, we must treat it with respect.



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