QNCC kitchen gears up for COP18

November 22, 2012 - 5:40:11 am

Chefs at the Qatar National Convention Centre busy preparing meals.

DOHA: Qatar National Convention Centre’s (QNCC)’s battalion of chefs, kitchen and service staff will prepare and serve 200,000 cups of coffee and five tonnes of Arabic mezzes during the 12 days of COP18/CMP8.  

During the course of the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP18/CMP8), the QNCC’s team of chefs and waiters will serve meals, coffees and snacks to an average of 15,000 delegates, VIPs, media, visitors, contractors and staff each day. The event which will run between November 26 and December 7, will employ a team of 128 chefs, 100 stewarding staff and 650 service staff on rotation and kitchens and serveries will be operating almost non-stop. 

A total of 39 food outlets will operate at QNCC serving delicious, fresh grab-and-go food such as Arabic mixed grill, chicken Biryani, Cantonese noodles, Cuban Panini and Spaghetti Bolognaise.

“This is the single biggest food and beverage undertaking so far at QNCC,” said Jeremy Hagenbach, Director of F&B at QNCC.

Meanwhile, as the concentrations of greenhouse gases (GHG) in the earth’s atmosphere reached record highs in 2011, the COP18/CMP8  scheduled to open in Doha on November 26, has dedicated the largest number of sessions, spanning 12 days, on ‘mitigation and related issues’.

The  World Meteorological Organisation’s (WMO) annual Greenhouse Gas Bulletin, released Tuesday, reports that carbon dioxide rose to 390.9 parts per million (ppm). 

The WMO Global Atmosphere Watch (GAW) Programme shows that the globally averaged mole fractions of carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4) and nitrous oxide (N2O) reached new highs in 2011.

According to the data, the annual greenhouse gas index shows that from 1990 to 2011, radiative forcing by long-lived greenhouse gases increased by 30 percent , with CO2 accounting for about 80 percent of this increase.

Qatar will lead the discussion on carbon capture and storage and opportunities in the GCC region. International experts and local decision makers would discuss the role of technological challenges.

Experts from the US will present updated analysis on potential GHG reductions in the US, the Open Climate Network, will be measuring and tracking  reports on countries’ mitigation progress, and efforts to build capacity in developing countries to measure emissions and track performance towards low-carbon development. On the ‘combined mobility’, there will be discussions on how the integration of sustainable modes -rail, metro, bus, non-motorised- enables a low-carbon mobility system. 

The event will give practical examples of combined mobility systems worldwide, and their climate mitigation potential.

“End of the coal age’ is another key issue to be debated. A fundamental shift away from coal is gathering pace in the US, while hard constraints have emerged that will limit the continual rise of coal consumption in China and India.  Greenpeace examines these factors in depth, and the choices faced by the US, China and India.

Voluntary commitments are driving innovations in low carbon transport with $175bn pledged for sustainable transport at Rio+20. 

A side event will discuss the potential impacts of, and contradictions between, expanding markets in biomass-based products and services within the framework of the  “bioeconomy”. It will particularly look at the possible impacts on women and Indigenous Peoples. “Overcoming barriers to start pro-poor carbon projects in Africa” will discuss  how the carbon market can work for the sustainable development of poor communities.  

The Peninsula