On 7 September 2015 the Republic of Colombia submitted its Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC).
Colombia has made a unilateral and unconditional target to reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 20% with respect to the projected Business-as-Usual Scenario (BAU) by 2030. Additionally, subject to the provision of international support, Colombia could increase its commitment to reduce GHG emissions by 30% with respect to BAU by 2030.
Despite Colombia’s GHG emissions representing a small percentage of global emissions (0.46% in 2010) it is engaged in the global debate and committed to preventing climate change. Based on the outcome of the climate negotiations in Paris at COP 21, Colombia will consider communicating an indicative target for 2025, consistent with its 2030 target.
The Colombian INDC states that,
‘Colombia’s INDC is realistic, ambitious and equitable. It is based on national progress to date, takes into account national capacities and circumstances, and seeks to contribute to the objective of Article 2 UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).’
The full text of an English translation of Colombia’s INDC submission can be accessed here.