Chile Sets Clean Energy Target of 70% of Generation by 2050

  • Bachelet pledges to cut greenhouse gas emissions 30% by 2030
  • Chile to focus on increasing solar and wind power plants

Chile set a goal of getting 70 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2050, a sevenfold increase as the country seeks to curb the production of greenhouse gases.

Most of the clean power will come from wind and solar farms, Chile’s Energy Ministry said Tuesday in a statement. The target is up from 9.7 percent today, according to the country’s Renewable Energy Association.

The focus on clean energy is part of Chile’s effort to fight global warming. The country submitted to the United Nations Tuesday its plan to reduce greenhouse gases. More than 190 nations are expected to sign a binding pact in Paris in December to reduce fossil-fuel pollution that’s blamed for rising world temperatures, and as part of that effort they must file by Thursday a formal proposal detailing their plans. 

Chile is seeking to reduce carbon emissions per gross domestic product unit by 30 percent by 2030 compared to 2007 levels. It also expects to have all new vehicles and public transportation running with clean fuels in 2050. The country’s Renewable Energy Association said clean renewable energy may account for about 40 percent of total generation by 2030.

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