Perez: Switzerland pursuing ambitious goals for climate summit

Der Schweizer Botschafter Franz Perrez reist Anfang November mit positiven Erwartungen an die Weltklimakonferenz ins schottische Glasgow. (Archivbild)

These include that Switzerland wants to cut CO2 emissions in half by 2030 and strive for climate neutrality by 2050, Perez, who heads the Swiss delegation, told the French-speaking dailies “Tribune de Geneve” and “24 Said in an interview with Heres”. » (Monday edition).

To achieve the goals, Switzerland will work towards a long-term climate policy. He also supported the climate conference’s efforts to limit the increase in temperature due to global warming to 1.5 °C and to support the poorest countries in their climate policy.

The Swiss delegation will also announce that the Confederation will increase its financial support for climate protection to CHF 425 million by 2024. Perez, however, acknowledged that Switzerland was in a difficult position after the rejection of the CO2 law last June.

“At the moment we cannot ask other countries to raise their ambitions,” the ambassador said. “Our credibility in negotiations also depends on our creativity and perseverance. This is where we have shown our strength at various climate summits.”

The 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference will be held in Glasgow from 1 to 12 November. Perez said more engagements from the G20, which will take place in Rome on October 30 and 31, could push the agenda. If all G20 members adopted the goals of the Paris Agreement, global temperatures would rise “only” 1.7 degrees, compared to the current trend of 2.7 degrees.

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