VADUZ – The government has released the Climate Strategy 2050 for public consultation. In it, she proposes further increasing the CO2 reduction target by 2030. A step that requires measures in all economic sectors, but also a change in the Emissions Trading Act.
With the current climate strategy, the government wants to increase the CO2 reduction target for 2030 from 40 to 50 percent compared to the reference year 1990. In doing so, they are responding to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s appeal to improve national climate targets. The government wants to reduce most emissions domestically. In order to achieve this goal, according to the announcement, it proposes a catalog of measures. These affect all sectors and supplement the measures of the Energy Strategy 2030 that have already been decided. Not only the energy industry, which accounts for around 80 percent of domestic greenhouse gas emissions, but also agriculture and the financial sector should make a contribution on the way to climate neutrality.
Ultimately, the government wants to use the Climate Strategy 2050 to raise public awareness of the issue of climate change. “Because each and every individual can do something with their behavior in terms of climate protection,” says the statement.
According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, increasing global warming is repeatedly leading to extreme weather events such as heavy precipitation, storms and heat with devastating consequences worldwide. In Liechtenstein, the average temperature has risen by 2 degrees since the beginning of industrialization. As a result, landslides, rockfalls and forest fires would probably increase in this country in the next few years.
Liechtenstein will be climate neutral by 2050
Liechtenstein ratified the Paris Climate Agreement in 2017 and, like many other countries, committed itself to limiting the global temperature increase to well below 2 degrees compared to the pre-industrial period. The goal is a maximum increase of 1.5 degrees. With the adoption of the 2050 climate vision, the state parliament decided that Liechtenstein would become climate-neutral by 2050, i.e. at the same time reduce its CO2 emissions to net zero by this date.
The climate strategy will be presented at a public event on June 13th. According to the government, representatives from research, business and politics will discuss the necessary measures to bring greenhouse gas emissions to net zero as quickly as possible. The 2050 climate strategy, including the new 2030 climate target, will be submitted to the state parliament for approval after the government has completed the consultation process. The new climate target requires an adjustment to the Emissions Trading Act. The consultation on the draft law takes place parallel to the public consultation on the climate strategy.
The consultation report can be obtained from the Government Chancellery or via www.rk.llv.li (consultation) can be obtained.