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Grenoble INP-Pagora and LGP2 at COP21

Published on September 16, 2015
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Conference from December 2, 2015 to December 9, 2015

In December, the school and the laboratory will be attending La Galerie des Solutions, an international exhibition organized alongside COP21's key debates.

The Paris Conference will be held at Paris-Le Bourget Exhibition Centre from 30 November to 11 December 2015. This will be both the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the 11th Conference of the Parties Serving as the Meeting of Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP11). The purpose of the conference will be to establish a new international climate agreement applicable to all countries as of 2020, the main objective of which will be for every nation to contribute to maintaining global warming below 2°C. This will be the largest diplomatic event France has hosted and one of the biggest climate conferences ever held. It is set to attract 40,000 participants (delegates from every country, observers, members of civil society, etc.) and journalists.

To improve on the success of previous editions, companies, local authorities and NGOs will be given a new voice through The Agenda of Solutions, also known as the Lima-Paris Action Plan. This project lists and presents all the initiatives backed by economic and institutional stakeholders, as well as the commitments made by local government authorities and businesses to help combat climate change. The aim is to include non-governmental stakeholders in the structuring of a new dynamic and fresh global solutions for a more carbon-efficient economy.

Within this context, La Galerie des Solutions will be presenting a selection of climate solutions from across the world from 2 to 9 December 2015. Located in a 10,000 square-metre exhibition space at Le Bourget Air and Space Museum, directly neighbouring the COP21 venue, the event will focus on bringing together innovative companies specialised in climate issues, decision makers from the various international delegations and other exclusively professional visitors. 30,000 visitors are expected, including heads of state, ministers, UN delegates, local elected representatives, business leaders, presidents of trade associations, opinion leaders and journalists from daily newspapers, the business press and specialist environmental publications.
The development of biomass is a promising weapon in the fight against climate change, a phenomenon aggravated by the gases emitted through the use of petrochemicals. Biorefinery, which produces chemicals using plants, is another interesting alternative. Not only is biomass available in vast quantities, its end-of-life degradation produces no more CO2 than was used by the plant to grow. Hence its neutral carbon footprint over the plant's lifetime.
Biosourced materials are already being used for various building and construction applications, such as insulation (cellulose wadding, etc.), panelling (plant particles or fibres, etc.) and plastic composites (matrices, reinforcement fibres, fillers, etc.), but also in textiles, paper, packaging, energy production, chemicals (glues, admixtures, etc.) and even printed electronics.

The Grenoble INP-Pagora engineering school and the LGP2 research laboratory, who will have their own stand at the exhibition, have been involved in this field for a number of years so as to contribute to the development of biosourced materials, cellulose-based in particular, and to the rise of green carbon.
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Date of update October 20, 2015

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