Brazil environment minister calls on rich nations to commit to reducing carbon emissions

RIO DE JANEIRO – Brazil’s environment minister says her nation will be a protagonist at a climate change conference in Peru, and will hold developed nations accountable for commitments to reduce carbon emissions.

Minister Izabella Teixeira tells The Associated Press on Wednesday that nations like the U.S. should detail plans to reduce carbon emissions at negotiations set to take place next month in Peru.

She notes that 47 per cent of Brazil’s primary energy supply comes from renewable resources, compared to 10 per cent in the U.S.

Teixeira, referring to the richest 20 countries, wants “to know what the OECD nations will do to duplicate our efforts.”

The Peru meeting will lay the groundwork for a final agreement on carbon emission reductions to be negotiated at a Paris summit next year.