Brazil Pledges Absolute Carbon Emissions Reduction Of 37 Percent

Dilma Rousseff, president of Brazil
Brazil on Sunday pledge an absolute carbon emissions reduction of 37 percent by 2025. The announcement was made by Dilma Rousseff, president of Brazil. Photo by Monika Graff/UPI | License Photo

BRASILIA, Brazil, Sept. 28 (UPI) — Brazil has pledged a 37 percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2025, making the South American country the first major developing nation to pledge an absolute emissions reduction.

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff made the announcement on Sunday at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit. She also announced an “intended reduction” of 43 percent by 2030.

“Sustainable development requires everyone to promote decent work conditions, create high-quality jobs and guarantee opportunities,” Rousseff told U.N. members. “Even as Brazil faces difficulties, it won’t go back on advances already achieved.”

Rousseff said Brazil is making a “significant effort” to reduce carbon emissions while avoiding the inhibition of development.

“Our goals are just as ambitious, if not more so, than those set by developed countries,” Rousseff added.

By 2030, Brazil will attain 66 percent of its electricity from hydropower and the remaining 23 percent from solar, wind and biomass power.

Brazil is set to suffer another year of economic recession amid a scandalous political climate. Rousseff’s resignation has been continuously called for by protesters who accuse her government of corruption and nepotism.

The 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris, France, which takes place in December, aims to create a legally binding and universal agreement to reduce the effects of human-caused climate change.


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