Chile's Climate Change Plan Focuses on Research


Picture: Chile presidency photo service.

Last week, president Michele Bachellet introduced Chile's Plan of Action for Climate Change. The four year long program doesn't set specific goals to reduce emissions, but announces research plans to examine possible courses of action to adapt to climate change, mitigate carbon emissions, and develop local capacities to confront the problem.

Among some of the measures, the plan includes a seven billion Chilean pesos (over ten million USD) budget for biofuels research, a 400 million USD national warranty fund for investments in renewable energy and efficiency, and the establishment of a Renewable Energy Center with a budget of 700 million Chilean pesos (over one million USD). More details in the extended.Chile's plan to face Climate Change

The plan proposes the following goals for the country:

-Evaluate environmental and socioeconomic impacts of climate change;
-Analize options to mitigate greenhouse gases emissions;
-Define measures to adapt to climate change and to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions;
-Improve the systematic observation of the climate;
-Communicate and create awareness in society about climate change and the problems it can bring;
-Encourage education and investigation about climate change;
-Generate adequate information for decision making;
-Develop institutional capacities for mitigation and adaptation;
-Design and implement institutions that allow to face the problem of climate change in a more efficient way;
-Contribute to the formulation of a Chilean position in the international discussion surrounding the subject.

The objectives are mostly broad and more a start than specific commitments, but Chilean president Michelle Bachelet highlighted in her presentation that this is a step forward in a true commitment by the country.

Chile's investments in renewable energy

"The tasks and goals we've set for ourselves demand hard work on our side. This plan contemplates resources so that this becomes a reality. This is not a speech, it's a concrete plan of action with goals, terms and resources," said Bachelet during the plan presentation.

Those resources include a seven billion Chilean pesos (over ten million USD) budget for biofuels research, a 400 million USD national warranty fund for investments in renewable energy and efficiency, and the creation of a Renewable Energy Center with a budget of 700 million Chilean pesos (over one million USD). Another highlighted measure was a law project that impulses the installation of solar thermic systems for hot water in new homes (which has been sent to the Congress for discussion).

"We hope this initiative will encourage the association between investigators and specialists to generate a virtuous cycle of research and development in our country," said the president.

"We want to fulfill our commitment with the future of the planet, and we are also going to be very active in promoting that all nations fulfill theirs."

Via Veo Verde

Additional information:
Chilean government official website
Complete plan (in Spanish, 10 mb PDF file)
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