New climate compromise does not set the old one straight

As of now, the only text Brazil officially submitted to UNFCCC anticipates the net zero objective from 2060 to 2050, something that, according to Reset, was announced by Bolsonaro in April during the Climate Summit set up by president Biden.

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Regarding the promise to reduce 50% of the emissions by 2030, stated on Monday (Nov.1) – together with president Bolsonaro’s statement that the country could be more ambitious – it barely straightened up last year’s climate trickery. By using quite creative financial engineering regarding greenhouse gas emissions from the past, the government managed to remain with the same climate commitment stated in 2015.

“If it wanted to offer a target aligned with the Paris Agreement, the cut should have been 80% (instead of 50%)”, as per a communiqué from the Climate Observatory (OC). This would mean a plan aligned with a global temperature rise of only 1.5°C.” “This is an irresponsibility regarding the planet and the future of all Brazilians”, said OC’s executive secretary, Marcio Astrini. “What Brazil did was to step back to the target it made in 2015”, said Natalie Unterstell, director of Instituto Talanoa and specialist in climate policy. “Not forgetting that all countries were urged to increase their climate ambitions [at this COP]. Ours almost didn’t bulge.”

BTW: The O Globo, also discussed Brazil’s new target as well as the “new” government intention to stop deforestation in the Amazon. The new target, at most, corrects an illegality, according to Suely Araújo, OC’s specialist in public policies and former president of IBAMA, referring to the fact that the Paris Agreement forbids countries of reducing their climate targets.

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