Brasilia: Brazil President Luiz Inacio
Lula da Silva on Wednesday signed a law requiring that Brazil cut
greenhouse gas emissions by 39 per cent by 2020, meeting a
commitment made at the Copenhagen climate change summit.
Brazil announced at the summit a "voluntary
commitment" to reduce CO2 emissions by between 36.1 and 38.9
per cent in the next ten years.
The new law, however, is subject to several decrees
setting out responsibilities and regulations for the farming,
industrial, energy and environmental sectors.
Lula is expected to sign the decrees in January after
consulting scientists and other experts, officials said.
Despite its ambitious targets, Greenpeace's top
representative in Brazil, Sergio Leitao, called it merely a
list of good intentions and accused Lula of using double
standards in environmental issues.
"Brazil usually makes good speeches on the
international stage, as in Copenhagen, but in practice it
doesn't keep its word," he told reporters.
Before signing the new law, in fact, Lula vetoed three
of its provisions, including a reference to "promoting the
development of clean energy sources and the gradual phasing
out of energy from fossil fuels."
Environment Minister Carlos Minc said he was was
pleased with the new law because it showed Brazil's
determination to respect the pledges it made in Copenhagen.
First Published: Thursday, December 31, 2009, 00:29