President Dalia Grybauskaitė

European leaders urge to step up ambitions to fight climate change

2018-11-23

Friday, November 23, Vilnius President Dalia Grybauskaitė has joined the political declaration drawn up at the initiative of President Alexander Van der Bellen of Austria, calling on the countries of the world to fight climate change more vigorously and seek more ambitious goals.

The declaration has been signed up to by fourteen other heads of state, including the presidents of Ireland, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Cyprus, Latvia, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia, Finland, Sweden, Switzerland, Hungary, and Germany.

The document states that the current measures are not sufficient for attaining the long-term goals of the Paris Agreement adopted in 2015 and urges to deliver its commitments more rapidly, responsibly and coherently.

The presidents underline that effective and efficient fight against climate change will open new opportunities for world economies and societies, advance general well-being and ensure a more secure and peaceful future.

Lithuania together with other EU member states took on ambitious obligations under the Paris Agreement to reduce collectively CO2 emissions by at least 40 percent by 2030. Over the last 25 years, Lithuania’s greenhouse gas emissions decreased by almost 60 percent, while its GDP went up by 30 percent. Lithuania exceeded its 26 percent target in renewables back in 2016.

Like many other countries, Lithuania still needs to speed up the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in transport and agriculture.

Climate change is felt in Lithuania, too. Over the last 50 years, the average temperature increased by 1.2°C. The number of days when temperatures hit 30°C has gone up by 3-4 times, and the Baltic Sea level in the Klaipėda Strait rose by 15 centimeters. More frequently occurring extreme weather and climate events have a negative impact on health, infrastructure and the economy.

Press Service of the President

Last updated 2018.11.24 12:23

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