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The small countries going a long way for climate change

The small countries going a long way for climate change

In March, we wrote about the Pacific Island Countries (PICs) that have ambitious renewable energy targets, as they aim to find solutions to the ever-impending threats posed by climate change. Well, it seems that this small group of islands aren’t alone in the race to beat one of humankind’s greatest problems.

The United Nations has analysed the energy strategies of 52 poor, low-lying countries across the globe, and its study shows that Dominica is at the forefront of climate change action, with plans beyond becoming carbon neutral, and entering carbon negative space, by 2020. The Maldives’ aims are also impressive, whilst PICs, Tuvalu and the Cook Islands, were praised for their renewable energy generation aims.

The group of 52 countries have a collective target of 45% cuts to emissions by 2030—significantly more than the 12-18% reduction aim set by the world’s richest nations.

Small island developing states can leap toward the goal of a poverty-free and prosperous future by changing their energy sectors“, said Barbados Prime Minister Freundel Stuart. “We can rally the international community with a unified voice, sharing our aspiration to become fully sustainable.”

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