Regulation & Policy Jun 4, 2021 1:14 PM
MinAmbiente Carlos Eduardo Correa talked about the roadmap that the country will follow to contribute to the fight against climate change.
The Ministry of Environment, together with other entities, has proposed a roadmap composed of 196 actions and measures in the Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) program, El Espectador reported.
The expert said that the country proposes a long-term strategy, setting goals that will allow it to be carbon neutral.
“We have the NDC which is the first step to put us on the path to carbon neutrality,” Correa said.
He said that this program is one of the most ambitious in the region and sets out to reduce projected greenhouse gas emissions by 51% by 2030. Correa said that other major challenge is to adapt to the effects of climate change.
“Carbon neutrality implies that a country’s net emissions are zero. Colombia, for example, has a very important source of emissions associated with forestry issues, there we will have to reduce net deforestation to zero by 2030,” Correa warned.
Correa recalled that the Colombian energy matrix is one of the cleanest in the world.
“However, we understand that we have a high dependence on fossil sources for energy generation, especially through thermal plants,” the Minister said.
The expert said that the government seeks to encourage the diversification of the energy matrix by strengthening unconventional renewable sources such as wind or solar.
He added that the entity, together with the Vice-Ministry of Water, established protection and conservation actions in 24 watersheds supplying aqueducts in municipalities susceptible to water shortages due to low rainfall season.
Correa said that the NDC is everyone’s goal and the government’s leadership, through policies or guidelines, will be fundamental to advance in this process.
“The role of the private sector is important, companies have the knowledge and resources to catalyze these changes,” Correa highlighted.
Correa said that communities will play an important role as well.
“In the process of elaborating the NDC, we are concerned about enriching the commitments with contributions by the people,” MinAmbiente said.
Bottom-Line: The government’s goals are ambitious, and the country will need a solid regulatory framework, investor confidence and social stability to meet them.
Conditions difficult to see in the country these days…