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Pentus-Rosimannus: all countries have to reduce pollution levels

06.06.2014
Pentus-Rosimannus: all countries have to reduce pollution levels
Pentus-Rosimannus: all countries have to reduce pollution levels

This week, the Ministers of Environment of the world discuss reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and progress towards an international climate agreement in Bonn, Germany.

Keit Pentus-Rosimannus, the Minister of the Environment representing Estonia, said in her speech that growing and clean economy can both be mutually exclusive. “Estonia should be an encouraging example for everyone who fear conflict between economic growth and ambitious climate goals. Compared to 1990, Estonia has halved its CO2 emissions while our economy has grown six times.”

The Ministers stressed that investments into cleaner and sustainable economy benefit also in other ways. „According to the WHO, Estonia’s air is one of the cleanest in the world standing before Mauritius and Canada. Investments in making buildings more energy-efficient has resulted in reduction in average CO2 emissions by 35 – 40% and decreased heat expenditure, “she gave couple of examples.

The meeting in the Bonn serves as an important benchmark before the UN climate conference, which will be held in Lima in November of this year, and climate summit in Paris in 2015. Specifically, in the course of the last-mentioned event, there is a hope to reach a consensus on climate agreement incorporating all world’s most important economies.

“The contribution of European Union to global greenhouse gas emissions is around 10% and decreases consistently. Therefore, even if the EU’s CO2 emissions would be zero, it would not be enough for the planet. We are not able to achieve our goals, if only some countries take responsibility and undertake to implement the commitments – all have to contribute,” Keit Pentus-Rosimannus said.


(06.06.2014)

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