The 20th session of the Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate change took place from the 1st to the 14th of December 2014 in Lima Peru. The conference has set the stage for participating governments, including Belize, to deliver a new universal climate change agreement in Paris by the end of 2015 aimed at putting the world on track to a low-carbon, sustainable future. Carlos Fuller is a member of the Belize climate change negotiating team and is the international and regional liaison officer for the Caribbean communities climate change center. He was at the convention in December last year. In an interview with him on Monday, Fuller explained how Belize is contributing to the call for climate action.
“We already have some important documents that the country has already agreed to. For example, the Ministry of Energy – and energy is one of the biggest contributors to green house gas immersions, have said we are going to go sio much amount renewable energy. As you know, they have already signed agreements that they are going to get 60 megawatts of new energy and in fact all the proposals that have been put forward are renewable energy; biogas, wing, solar so on. This is what Belize is going to say, ‘look all my new energy is going to be totally green. So we are phasing out totally the use of fossil fuels in that sector. The biggest challenges is, what are we going to do about the transport sector. That’s an area we must address and realistically, we are doing a lot of commuting across the country now. People in Corozal are working in Belmopan, people in Cayo are working in Belize City. So how do we address that issue. The other big emitter is in the forestry sector. We are having a lot of clearing of lands, both legally and illegally. That is where policies and implementation of those policies have to be put in place if we are also going to contribute meaningfully to this agreement.”
The “Lima Call for Climate Action” is to be formalized into an agreement in Paris, by the 1st of October 2015. In the mean time, Fuller says they are meeting with the different stake holders in Belize to engage them in consultation.