Brazil law to cut 39% carbon emission by 20

Written by AFP | Brasilia | Updated: Jan 1 2010, 04:11am hrs
Brazil President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva on Wednesday signed a law requiring that Brazil cut greenhouse gas emissions by 39% by 2020, meeting a commitment made at the Copenhagen climate change summit.

Brazil announced at the summit a voluntary commitment to reduce CO2 emissions by between 36.1 and 38.9% in the next 10 years.The new law, however, is subject to several decrees setting out responsibilities and regulations for the farming, industrial, energy and environmental sectors.

Lula is expected to sign the decrees in January after consulting scientists and other experts, officials said. Despite its ambitious targets, Greenpeaces top representative in Brazil, Sergio Leitao, called it merely a list of good intentions and accused Lula of using double standards in environmental issues. Brazil usually makes good speeches on the international stage, as in Copenhagen, but in practice it doesnt keep its word, he told reporters.