Brazil Plans Pollution Limit Plan for UN Before October

(Bloomberg) — Brazil plans to deliver its proposal for
limiting fossil-fuel pollution to the United Nations before
October as part of a global deal on climate change.

The government has “ambitious goals” for the UN
conference on climate change that will be hosted in Paris on
December, said Carlos Klink, secretary for climate change at the
environment ministry. The emission-reduction program will
include calls to boost efficiency in agriculture and industry as
well as an increase for renewable energy use.

“Brazil is now consolidating public consultations, which
will help the ministry to define the goals,” Klink said in a
phone interview from Brasilia. “I am optimist. Let’s all get on
the boat.”

Brazil’s indication that it’s ready to set a goal for the
climate conference adds to signals from other big polluters that
they will join in a deal when some 190 nations convene in Paris.

The European Union was the first to send its formal
commitment to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. It
said on March 6 that it will reduce its greenhouse gases by at
least 40 percent by 2030. The U.S. outlined work to pare
emissions 26 percent to 28 percent from 2005 levels by 2025, and
China has pledged to stabilize its emissions by 2030.

Brazil’s will also look to restoring forests, which may
spread to at least 10 million hectares in the next 20 years.
“Brazil’s new forest code will provide an X-ray of what is
going on in the country, which is a big advantage for the UN
talks,” he said.

Brazil will base its targets on emissions per unit of
economic output or on greenhouse-gas pollution produced per
capita, Klink said.

The nation has cut carbon dioxide emissions by 41 percent
from 2005 levels and intends to make a 36 percent to 39 percent
reduction by 2020.

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