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Czechs observe pledges related to reduction of emissions

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Paris/Prague, Dec 7 (CTK) – The Czech Republic successfully fulfils its commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2030 compared with 1990, Environment Minister Richard Brabec said in Paris yesterday, adding that the Czech emissions were 34 percent lower in 2013 than in 1990.
In his speech at the U.N. climate summit, Brabec referred to commitments previously accepted by Prague and the other EU members.
The Czech Republic is currently completing its new plan of climate protection that will set conditions for the country´s switch to a low-carbon economy by 2050, Brabec said.
Besides, the Czech state invests large sums in energy efficiency and environment-friendly heating, including of households and industrial plants.
More than two billion euros will be invested on these purposes by 2020, Brabec said.
He said climate change has crucial impacts not only on the environment but also economic prosperity and the effective eradication of poverty, and it poses a security threat.
Brabec said he shares the opinion that climate change can be efficiently faced only by joint efforts and that a legal international agreement must be struck at the Paris conference in order to prevent the average global temperatures from crossing two degrees Celsius compared with the pre-industrial levels.
It is also important for the new agreement to enable states to increase their ambitions in time, Brabec said.
By adopting an efficient, permanent and just agreement, the participants in the Paris event will express responsibility towards the present and future generations, and the Czech Republic wants to share this position, he added.

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