Colombia aims to cut emissions to 20% below BAU by 2030

Published 08:43 on September 7, 2015  /  Last updated at 23:45 on September 27, 2015  /  Americas, Climate Talks, International, South & Central  /  No Comments

Colombia has submitted its INDC to the UN, promising to cut its greenhouse gas emissions to 20% below BAU levels in 2030 and will explore the use of market instruments as a means to meet the target.

Colombia has submitted its INDC to the UN, promising to cut its greenhouse gas emissions to 20% below BAU levels in 2030 and will explore the use of market instruments as a means to meet the target.

The economy-wide target would keep Colombia’s 2030 emissions at 268 million tonnes of CO2e, compared to a BAU scenario of 335 million tonnes, the INDC said. In 2010, the country emitted 224 million tonnes.

Colombia did not set a goal for 2025, but said it would consider doing so depending on the outcome of the December climate talks in Paris.

The government has developed mitigation plans for eight sectors of the economy – including agriculture and forests, its biggest-emitting sector – which mainly focus on maximising carbon efficiency, but the INDC did not go into details on how Colombia intends to achieve the target.

“Colombia will explore the use of market instruments (or other economic instruments) that guarantee the principles of transparency and environmental integrity, which result in real, permanent, additional, verified mitigation outcomes and prevent double counting,” it said.

By Stian Reklev – stian@carbon-pulse.com

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