People will have to give up many emission-generating activities in coming decades - Puce

  • 2020-01-28
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA - Latvia and the rest of the world will have to give up many emission-generating activities in the coming decades, Environmental Protection Minister Juris Puce (For Development/For) said on Latvian Radio this morning.

Today, the government will review the Environmental Protection and Regional Development Ministry's Latvia Strategy for Climate Neutrality until 2050 and Economics Ministry's National Energy and Climate Plan for 2021-2030.

It is impossible to say exactly what will change in people's lives as the state commits to climate neutrality, as various technologies are still developing rapidly, but it is clear that many emission-producing activities will have to be abandoned, said Puce.

He denied that the strategy included plans to ban firewood, however, people living in large cities' centers will be encouraged to connect to district heating instead of using individual heating solutions in order to reduce air pollution in large city centers.

As to residents' transition to and availability of electric cars, Puce expects that such automobiles should become cheaper and more accessible to consumers in the coming decades. He did not mention that the state could offer some incentive mechanisms to help residents' transition from automobiles with internal combustion engines to electric cars.