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Following India’s Lead, Philippines Makes Conditional Climate Pledge


The Philippines said Thursday it would cut the archipelago nation’s carbon emissions by 70 percent by 2030 but only if it receives support from developed nations.

The country’s climate change mitigation and adaptation plan was submitted to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change on Thursday after it was approved by President Benigno Aquino, his spokesman Herminio Coloma said in a statement.

If fully implemented, the Philippines’ carbon emissions should drop 70 percent by 2030 from 2000 levels, said Lucille Sering, head of the country’s Climate Change Commission.

The submission came ahead of upcoming climate change talks in Paris later this year.

“These reductions in emissions are conditional and will be pursued if sufficient financial resources, technology development and transfer, and capacity building will be made available to the Philippines after the Paris climate talks in December,” Coloma said.

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