News Colombia has today with Carbon Calculator 2050

Bogota, D.C. March 5, 2015. The British Embassy in Colombia, the Ministry of Environment, Housing and Territorial Development and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) launched the "2050 Carbon Calculator", a tool for planning the decrease of emissions that cause climate change.

The Carbon Calculator is a Web tool for planning and decision making developed in the framework of the "Colombian Strategy for Low Carbon Development" project scenarios that will allow reducing emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs) taking into account the different sectors of the economy until 2050.

For future impacts of actions that affect climate change in the country, you can now enter the site web (link is external) where users can create their emission reduction scenarios of greenhouse gases combining different mitigation measures suitable for the different economic sectors, such as the transition to electric cars or planting trees.

This tool will help answer questions related to the energy future of the country and such emissions

  • How many GHG issued various economic sectors in the future and what are the options for reducing emissions?
  • In which sectors they can concentrate efforts to reduce GHG emissions?
  • How much energy is used by different economic sectors and how they could reduce energy use?
  • How you could clean energy expand their participation in the country's energy matrix?

The Carbon Calculator, initially developed by the United Kingdom, one of the countries with the greatest progress in climate change policies, has been adapted by countries like China, India, South Africa, Japan, South Korea and now Colombia.

The Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development, Gabriel Vallejo Lopez, highlighted the initiative and said that "with the Carbon Calculator we give the country an interactive tool (link is external) to understand the national projections of greenhouse gas emissions in the long term and design 'mitigation scenarios'.

"It's a tool that will be accessible not only to ministries and public entities, but in general to all citizens. Let us discuss more technical 'national contribution' to the Paris International Agreement on Climate Change, but also understand the scope of the measures included in the chapter on green growth rigor National Development Plan, "said Minister Vallejo.

Ed Davey, secretary of state for the Department of Energy and Climate Change of the United Kingdom stated that "the calculator is an incredibly useful to help people understand what the options are when it comes to making decisions to address climate change form. In the UK it led an open discussion on how we can de-carbonize our economy and I hope the same happens in Colombia debate. "

The United Nations Development Programme - UNDP developed the version for Colombia in a project that lasted about 14 months and was supported by the team of the Colombian Strategy for Low Carbon Development of the Ministry of Environment, Housing and Territorial Development.

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