Quotes: US MENA   Enter Symbol: NewsLetter: Search: advanced

Climate Change Conference Adapts Paper Free System  Join our daily free Newsletter

MENAFN - Qatar News Agency - 24/11/2012

No. of Ratings : 0
Add to Mixx!


(MENAFN - Qatar News Agency) UN Climate Change Conference (COP18/CMP8) will be adapting an environmental friendly system to reduce the use of papers during the conference, which will be starting officially on Monday. Paper weighs heavily on the environment, and the UN is working to dramatically reduce the number of documents it uses as it strives to set an example for sustainable working.

To this end, it has developed PaperSmart, an innovative system that means that thousands, not millions, of pieces of paper are printed in its offices and at its conference. Magnus Olafsson, director of the meetings and publications division of the UN, said: "The pulp and paper industry is one of the dirtiest ever. It is actually very polluting and very few people realize this." "It is one of the most polluting industries in the world, ranking second or third depending on what toxic materials you are taking into account," he added.

As if this wasn't bad enough, Olafsson said that two-thirds of the pollutants produced while making paper end up being jettisoned into the air, and most of the rest ends up in the water system. The two main methods of the production of paper - chemical and mechanical - are both harmful to the environment, but for different reasons.

The chemical process uses vast amounts of water, so much so that a normal pack of 500 sheets of office paper requires 150 liters of water to produce. The mechanical method uses far less water " about 30 liters " but a lot more energy. He pointed out that, in terms of weight, the amount of paper produced in 2011 was three times heavier than all the cars made by every manufacturer the world.

Even recycling paper has a negative impact on the planet, because the process requires about the same amount of energy as making paper from scratch, and chemicals are required to clean the used material. To set an example to the world, as well as to cut costs and waste, Ban Ki-Moon, the UN Secretary-General, issued a directive for the UN to become a paperless organization by 2015.

The cornerstone of this policy is PaperSmart, which was developed by Olafsson and his team in collaboration with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The scheme, which is already in use at the UN headquarters in New York, allows people to manage their own use of paper resources by printing only the documents that they need through an easy-to-use web portal. "We have turned things upside down," Olafsson said.

"We do not give paper copies unless someone asks." COP18/CMP8 will be the first UN Climate Change Conference to use the system, and the PaperSmart team is confident that the 17,000 participants will embrace the initiative with enthusiasm. The system is agenda-based, so delegates can click on a particular agenda item and print only the information related to that item.

They can click a "print on demand" button and someone will bring a copy to their desk. For visually impaired people, the portal has been designed to use computer programs that convert text into the spoken word. PaperSmart also gives access to last year's meetings to allow people to look up the agendas, video files and press releases to prepare for their current meeting.

The PaperSmart portal will be available on the UNFCCC website and the COP18/CMP8 website and smartphone app. In previous conferences, delegations from each of the 194 participating countries would make 350 copies of their ministerial speeches to hand out.

In Doha, as soon as a minister starts speaking, the statements will be made available to everyone - press, public and civil servants back in relevant capital cities " on the PaperSmart portal. "It is natural, in particular for a conference of this nature, that we show some sense of responsibility when it comes to sustainability and paper usage," Olafsson said.


  MENA News Headlines
Apr 24 2014Qatar- HH Sheikha Moza Meets Mayor of Kobe Visits RIKEN Research Institution ,Qatar News Agency
(MENAFN - Qatar News Agency) Kobe April 24 - Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser Chairperson of Qatar Foundation for Education Science and Community Development (QF) today held a meeting with the ...

Apr 24 2014Qatar- Sidra-BMC Event Boosts Biomedical Research Publishing ,Qatar News Agency
(MENAFN - Qatar News Agency) Doha April 24 - A symposium organised jointly by Sidra Medical Research Centre and BioMed Central (BMC) mulled trends in research and on open access publishing here ...

Apr 24 2014Qatar- Mannai Corp Q1 Net Profit up 73% to QR 150.1 Million ,Qatar News Agency
(MENAFN - Qatar News Agency) Doha April 24 - Qatar Exchange listed Mannai Corporation (QE: MCCS) net profit is up 73% to QR 150.1 Million for the first quarter of fiscal year 2014 ending March 31 ...

Apr 24 2014Bahraini firms forecasted to grow 10 pct ,MENAFN
(MENAFN) In a report based on a study of over 650 companies across GCC, Kuwait Financial Centre (Markaz) forecasts a growth of the Bahraini companies' earnings by 10 percent in 2014, Gulf Daily News ...

Apr 24 2014Israeli Army Storms Deir Samit Village West of Hebron ,Qatar News Agency
(MENAFN - Qatar News Agency) bron April 24 - Israeli army forces stormed at dawn Thursday Deir Samit village southwest of Hebron city in the West Bank. The Israeli forces conducted raid and search ...

Apr 24 2014Qatar Airways to add more seats on Doha-Vienna route ,MENAFN
(MENAFN) Qatar Airways plans to offer more 1.700 seats on its Doha-Vienna route beginning from September 2014, according to Gulf News. The company aims to expand the growing passenger demand from ...

Apr 24 2014Qatar- QFC Authority Five-a-Side Football Tournament Kicks Off ,Qatar News Agency
(MENAFN - Qatar News Agency) Doha April 24 - Qatar Financial Centre (QFC) Authority's first Five-a-side Football Tournament is displaying dribbling skills of executives from Doha's financial ...

Apr 24 2014Qatar Stock Exchange Down 0.05% ,Qatar News Agency
(MENAFN - Qatar News Agency) Doha April 24 - The Qatar Exchange ended in the red area when trading closed Thursday at 12954.93 points (0.05%) down 6.63 points from the previous closing of 12961.56 ...

Apr 24 2014Israeli Tanks Enter Gaza Border area ,Qatar News Agency
(MENAFN - Qatar News Agency) Gaza April 24 - Six Israeli military tanks on Thursday entered a border area in the southern Gaza Strip witnesses said. The tanks crossed into Gaza in an area called ...

Apr 24 2014Georgian Justice Minister Leaves Doha ,Qatar News Agency
(MENAFN - Qatar News Agency) Doha April 24 - HE Minister of Justice of Georgia Tia Tsulukiana left Doha on Thursday morning wrapping up a two-day official visit to the country. An agreement on ...

Apr 24 2014Egyptian Premier Off to Chad ,Qatar News Agency
(MENAFN - Qatar News Agency) Cairo April 24 - Egyptian Prime Minister Ibrahim Mehlib left cairo on Thursday for Chad the first leg of a three-day two-state trip that will also take him to Tanzania ...

Apr 24 2014Australian Federal Parliament Deputy Speaker Meets HE Qatari Ambassador ,Qatar News Agency
(MENAFN - Qatar News Agency) Canberra April 24 - Australian Federal Parliament Deputy Speaker Bruce Scott met here Thursday with HE Qatar's Ambassador to Australia Yousef bin Ali Al ...

Apr 24 2014President Salva Kiir Relieves his Chief of the General Staff ,Qatar News Agency
(MENAFN - Qatar News Agency) Juba April 24 -South Sudanese President Salva Kiir relieved Chief of the General Staff of south sudan army James Hoth Mai. This came in a presidential decree aired ...

Apr 24 2014Omani non-oil exports to enter African markets ,MENAFN
(MENAFN) A senior official at the Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry (OCCI) said that the Sultanate is seeking expansion in new African markets, in a time it is looking forward to reduce its ...

Apr 24 2014Afghan Guard Shoots Dead 3 Foreigners in Hospital ,Qatar News Agency
(MENAFN - Qatar News Agency) Kabul April 24 - Three foreigners including a doctor were shot dead and their colleague wounded when a guard of a private Cure Hospital opened fire on them in the ...

Apr 24 2014US Secretary of State Meets Egyptian Intelligence Chief ,Qatar News Agency
(MENAFN - Qatar News Agency) shington April 24 - US Secretary of State John Kerry has met with the Egyptian Intelligence Chief Major General Mohammed Ahmed Fareed al-Tohami who is currently ...

Apr 24 20143 GCC countries among top 30 on network readiness index ,MENAFN
(MENAFN) According to an annual global technology survey for network readiness index for 2014, three GCC countries have made it to the top 30 list for the third year in a row, Gulf Daily News ...

Apr 24 2014Uruguay Public Health Minister Meets HE Qatari Ambassador ,Qatar News Agency
(MENAFN - Qatar News Agency) Montevideo April 24 -Minister of Public Health in Uruguay Maria Susana Mu?iz met here on Thursday with HE qatari ambassador to the republic of Uruguay mohamed hassan ...

Apr 24 2014Morocco Admitted As Observer Member to SICA ,Qatar News Agency
(MENAFN - Qatar News Agency) La Romana Dominican April 24 - Morocco has been admitted as an observer member in the Central American Integration System (SICA) which also includes each of Belize ...

Apr 24 2014King bids to reassure Saudis as MERS deaths hit 85 ,AFP
(MENAFN - AFP) King Abdullah was in the Saudi commercial hub of Jeddah on Thursday in a bid to reassure a worried public as the death toll from the MERS virus hit 85. The Red Sea city has seen a ...


Live Currency Rates



Middle East North Africa - Financial Network

MENAFN News Market Data Countries Tools Section  

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network

Main News
News By Industry
News By Country
Marketwatch News
UPI News
Comtex News

IPO News
Islamic Finance News
Private Equity News

How-To Guides
Technology Section

Travel Section

Search News

Market Indices
Quotes & Charts

Global Indices
Arab Indices

US Markets Details


Oil & Energy

Currencies Cross Rates
Currencies Updates
Currency Converter

USA Stocks
Arab Stocks

Saudi Arabia 

Investment Game
Economic Calendar
Financial Glossary

Portfolio Tracker


Financial Calculators

RSS Feeds [XML]

Corporate Monitor


Real Estate
Submit Your Property

Arab Research
Buy a Research

Press Releases
Submit your PR

Join Newsletters

© 2000 menafn.com All Rights Reserved.  Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | Advertise | About MENAFN | Career Opportunities | Feedback | Help