Energy Dec 15, 2021 5:08 PM
The Ministry of Mines and Energy (MinEnergia) announced that it became the first ministry in Colombia to be certified as carbon neutral by Icontec.
The entity explained that this is the result of the work done in the fight against climate change, La Republica reported.
The recognition was thanks to the progress made through the mitigation and compensation of greenhouse gas emissions.
This is part of the plan for carbon neutrality in the mining and energy sector.
MinEnergia received the certification after the acquisition of carbon credits and after the elaboration and development of the Greenhouse Gas Management Program. The entity set targets for certification for three years.
“The mining and energy sector continues to be a pioneer in sustainability. We were the first to adopt by resolution an Integrated Climate Change Management Plan, which we updated at COP26 to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050,” MinEnergia Diego Mesa said.
Mesa added that the industry is setting an example to advance on the path to offset, decrease or avoid CO2 emissions.
“We are contributing to the reduction goal set by the government for Colombia to consolidate its fight against climate change,” Mesa said.
Bottom-Line: We support the government’s plan to achieve carbon-neutrality but as Colombian taxpayers we are not sure how we feel about buying carbon credits to achieve that goal.