2019.09.24 09:30

Lithuanian president unveils global initiative for biomass heating at UN Climate Summit

BNS2019.09.24 09:30

In his speech at the UN Climate Action Summit in New York, President Gitanas Nausėda unveiled Lithuania's global initiative to reduce the use of fossil fuel by switching to biomass, the president's office said on Tuesday.   

Lithuania decided to "substitute fossil fuels for biomass [before] eventually switching completely to biomass in [residential] heating," Nausėda is quoted in a press release.

"The share of biomass in residential heating has increased from 30 to 70 percent over the last five years, while at the same time the average heating prices have fallen by 30 to 40 percent," the president said in his speech.

Nausėda said the global initiative, Transition to Sustainable Heating, will help meet commitments to cut carbon emissions.

"The initiative is supported by Sweden, Austria, Ukraine, Georgia, and Latvia, with other countries where central heating is indispensable, are on the way to join it," his office said in the press release.

"In his speech, the president highlighted five priorities that should be immediately included in the world leaders' agenda to preserve priceless natural beauty and diversity for future generations," it said.

These include "climate neutrality and minimised fossil-fuel energy production, promotion of innovation, development of circular economy, increased cooperation between public and private sectors, and unique country-specific tools to fight climate change".

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