Peru launches INDC consultation, proposes 31% GHG cut

Published 10:13 on June 9, 2015  /  Last updated at 16:03 on August 28, 2015  /  Americas, Climate Talks, International  /  No Comments

Peru has proposed cutting its GHGs 31% under BAU levels by 2030 and launched a consultation ahead of its final UN submission in August.

Peru has proposed cutting its GHGs 31% under BAU levels by 2030 and launched a consultation ahead of its final UN submission in August.

The South American nation and host of the 2014 UN climate summit last week suggested the 31% level as one of four mitigation options based on specific projects and ranging from cuts of 4-42%.

The 31% goal involves 58 actions in the energy, transportation, industrial, agriculture, waste and forestry sectors to reduce Peru’s GHGs by 82.2 million tons of CO2e by 2030 from a BAU level of 216 million ton, according to Carolina Herrera of environmental campaigners NRDC.

“By far the most reductions are planned for the forestry sector which would account for approximately 71% of all anticipated reductions,” she said, adding that the consultation includes various options for climate adaptation goals.

As with Mexico and Morocco, Peru’s INDC could include multiple pledges based on whether some actions receive international support, potentially via markets, according to researcher Chris Wright, writing on the Adopt a Negotiator campaigners’ website.

“Considering the planning that has gone into creating an increasingly ambitious scenario of a 42% cent reduction by 2030, this could also be released as a twin-track conditional and unconditional pledge,” he said.

Think tank New Climate Institute has predicted that a wave of INDCs will be announced during the two-week UN climate negotiations in Bonn, which end Friday. Only Morocco had submitted as of Tuesday.

Further pledges potentially could be made as Caribbean heads of state are due to visit Brussels on Thursday and Friday for a summit, where climate issues are on the agenda.

By Ben Garside – ben@carbon-pulse.com