Brazil says it will lead international effort to cut carbon emissions
Share this on

Brazil says it will lead international effort to cut carbon emissions

Brazil’s environment minister says her nation will be a protagonist at a climate change conference in Peru, and will hold developed nations accountable for commitments to reduce carbon emissions.

Minister Izabella Teixeira told The Associated Press on Wednesday that nations like the U.S. should detail plans to reduce carbon emissions at negotiations set to take place next month in Peru.

Read more: Peru mining law undermines environmental protections

She noted that 47 percent of Brazil’s primary energy supply comes from renewable resources, compared to 10 percent in the U.S.

Teixeira, referring to the richest 20 countries, wants “to know what the OECD nations will do to duplicate our efforts.”

The Peru meeting will lay the groundwork for a final agreement on carbon emission reductions to be negotiated at a Paris summit next year.