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Lithuania announces ambitious goals in the fight against climate change

2017-12-12

Today, in Paris, Emmanuel Macron, President of France, has invited the Heads of State from 100 countries and representatives of 800 financial institutions, industrial, municipal and other organisations to the One Planet Summit, in commemoration of the Second Anniversary of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. At the summit, our country is represented by the Lithuanian delegation led by Minister of Environment Kęstutis Navickas.

The meeting is aimed at encouraging the representatives of state and non-governmental institutions to increase the climate change mitigation and adaptation commitments and promoting the allocation of funds from the public and private sectors for action on climate change. The summit is important in terms of mobilising the efforts of all stakeholders and giving an impulse to urgent actions aimed at implementing the Paris Agreement, thus providing a response to the statement made by USA President Donald Trump about America’s intentions to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord.

Minister of Environment Kęstutis Navickas plans to present Lithuania’s voluntary commitments to increase the funding of the fight against climate change twofold by allocating at least 1 million EUR per year to development cooperation projects related to clean energy, adaptation to climate change and other fields implemented in the developing countries until 2020. The hopes are that the funds of the public sector will encourage the contribution from the private sector as well.

“At the Summit, we will inform about Lithuania’s ambitious goals – to obtain 45% of its energy from renewable energy resources by 2030 and 80% by 2050 as well as other goals related to climate change mitigation as established in the draft National Energy Independence Strategy”, says the Minister.

At the High-Level Segment of the Summit, it is anticipated that the Governments of the states will deliver statements on ambitious actions related to climate change mitigation and adaptation, increase of the funding for climate change actions in developing countries, joining to common initiatives related to the achievement of carbon neutrality, increase of the price for carbon dioxide, phasing out of coal, reduction of maritime transport emissions, etc. Besides, four round-table discussions between representatives of state, non-government and financial institutions will be held.

Public Relations Division
12 December 2017


Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas
Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas