WRI Says Brazil is "Building Momentum" With New INDC
New York City, NY (September 27, 2015)— Brazil formally submitted its contribution to United Nations climate talks today. The plan includes a commitment to reduce GHG emissions 37% by 2025 and 43% by 2030 – both below 2005 levels. The plan also includes a goal to eliminate illegal deforestation and restore and restore 12 million hectares of land, as well as increase use of renewable energy.
Following is a statement from Rachel Biderman, director, WRI Brazil:
“Brazil is playing a productive role in the global effort to fight climate change. The country is building momentum by calling at the highest level for a goal to phase out emissions from the global economy over the course of this century. This common vision for a zero-carbon world is one of the most powerful signals the Paris climate conference can send to businesses, investors and citizens.
“Brazil’s climate plan marks the first time a major developing country has committed to an absolute reduction of emissions. This is an important shift because it offers greater certainty that emissions can be cut even as Brazil’s economy expands.
“It’s encouraging to see Brazil focus on growing a low-carbon economy through continued investment in renewable energy. Brazil should rapidly shift away from high-carbon energy investment in line with the global efforts to slow global warming.
“The country’s pledge to restore 12 million hectares of forests by 2030 is notably weaker than what could be achieved. In addition, the zero illegal deforestation goal is actually a step back from the country’s previous commitments. Curbing emissions from agricultural lands will depend in part on greater investment in low-carbon practices.”