New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Wednesday announced a climate emergency in the country and announced that by 2025 the public sector would become carbon neutral. New Zealand has become the 33rd country to take such a step.
"This declaration is a recognition (...) of a burden that the next generation will bear if we do not act now," Ardern said in parliament during the debate. As she added, the basis for taking such a step is the assessment of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that in order to avoid a global temperature increase of more than 1.5 degrees C, global greenhouse gas emissions must fall by 45 percent by 2023. and go to zero by 2050
The resolution is symbolic, although Ardern has announced that it will lead to the public sector achieving carbon neutrality by 2025, i.e. equilibrium in the amount of carbon dioxide emitted and absorbed. For this purpose, a fund of 200 million New Zealand dollars (PLN 521 million) was created, which is to finance the replacement of coal stoves and the purchase of electric or hybrid vehicles.
During its first term in office, the Ardern government adopted a law aimed at the complete elimination of CO2 emissions in the economy - with the exception of agriculture, which is responsible for the emission of about half of the greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere.
New Zealand has joined 32 other countries that have declared a climate emergency, including Great Britain, Canada and France. (PAP)