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Chile eyes more renewables and less coal

The host of the COP25 summit is betting on expanding renewables and phasing out coal in power generation, a move that could make more room for gas-to-power The host of the COP25 summit is betting on expanding renewables and phasing out coal in power generation, a move that could make more room for gas-to-power.
By Elena Mataro 23 October 2019 Americas / Policy & Regulation 0 34711
Chilean Environment Minister Carolina Schmidt at the Petersberg Climate Dialogue in May. (PA)

Chile’s new targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions will see an expansion of renewable energy projects in the country and could result in more gas-fired power generation – albeit in the long term.

The country’s environment minister, Carolina Schmidt, announced last week that the government intends to reduce Chile’s greenhouse gas emissions by 45% by 2030. The new target, which replaces a previous target of 30%, will be used to update Chile’s intended nationally determined contributions (NDCs) ahead of the UN’s COP25 climate summit in Santiago...