Climate Voices

December 8, 2018
By: Alissa Matthies Tamasi, Window into COP24 Delegate

First Impressions of COP24

I am staying in the historic town of Cracow, which is about an hour and a half train or bus ride from Katowice.

The city of Cracow is rich with stories of resilience through changes in government, faith, and culture.

rooftops of Cracow, Poland

christmas tree in Poland

Christmas Market fried cheese in Poland

I had the opportunity to ride to Katowice on a shuttle with energy professionals from 12 countries across the European Union. It was encouraging to hear about their passion to drive energy efficiency and the transition to clean energy for residential customers in the EU.

As I arrived at COP24, I am reminded what an amazing adventure I am about to embark on. I will be listening in as government officials discuss plans to implement climate policies to drive forward the Paris Agreement from COP21. This COP event is key to set the level of ambition for countries, businesses, and policy makers knowing the goal to become carbon neutral by 2050 and keep the earth to no more than a 1.5-degree Celsius warming scenario.

European Union Energy Professionals

entrance of COP24

U.S. Climate Action Center Hub

I look forward to learning more over the coming days at COP24 and having conversations with other business representatives working to transition to a low-carbon economy.

Alissa Matthies Tamasi in front of COP24 sign