Copenhagen Forum

The Foundation, together with the Worldwatch Institute and the UN Foundation, brought natural gas to the center of climate policy discussions in Copenhagen during the landmark UN negotiations for a new global climate change treaty in December 2009. These negotiations are formally known as the 15th Conference of the Parties (COP-15) to the UN Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC). The initiative will highlight the potential of natural gas to contribute to near- and medium-term emission reductions.

On December 12, ACSF and its co-sponsors hosted a major Side Event at the Copenhagen headquarters of the Danish Society of Engineers (known as the IDA). At the Side Event, ACSF released a comprehensive new working paper entitled “North America’s New Natural Gas Resources and their Potential Impact on Energy and Climate Security.” Download the introduction (PDF, 340kb).

The paper shows why natural gas offers an immediate opportunity for climate action and describes the necessary U.S. legislative policies for pursuing this option. It is authored jointly by ACSF’s CEO, Gregory C. Staple, a respected climate policy expert, and Dr. Joel L. Swerdlow, author of the noted National Geographic Society Book titled Nature’s Medicine.

Copies can be obtained by request from the Foundation. See the media advisory and agenda for more details about this event.

ACSF’s Copenhagen event was also covered by the Sopris Foundation. See their interview with CEO Gregory C. Staple.

Also at the event, ACSF and RPSEA (Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America) jointly released the following report “Worldwide Gas Shales and Unconventional Gas: A Status Report.” The report was commissioned from Advanced Resources International, Inc. and written by ARI’s President, Vello A. Kuuskraa.