Peru's President: It is time to change the country's energy matrix

Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra leads a new Council of Ministers session. Photo: ANDINA/Presidency of the Republic

Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra leads a new Council of Ministers session. Photo: ANDINA/Presidency of the Republic

14:19 | Lima, Sep. 23.

It is time to design a new energy matrix in the country using renewable energies that significantly reduce the adverse impacts of climate change and involve the whole society in protecting the environment, Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra affirmed on Wednesday.

Within this framework, the Head of State indicated that the frontal fight against the COVID-19 pandemic did not put the care of our biodiversity on a second level, which is why it is necessary to think about the use of another type of energy —one that is not based on the burning of coal or oil.

"There are hydro, wind, and solar power sources. Peru is a wonderful country that can replace its energy matrix; we must make an effort (...) We can significantly increase the generation of photovoltaic solar energy to avoid greenhouse gases," he expressed stressing that the Government makes important decisions to prevent the nation from suffering the consequences of climate change —a phenomenon that is already witnessed in various countries around the world.

Therefore, he said, it is time to work on replacing the matrix in order to use other types of renewable energy sources for the benefit of the population.

The statesman stressed that "we must work thinking about the future of the country." Thus, it is necessary to involve the entire society to generate important changes in the lives of Peruvians. Otherwise, if concrete actions are not taken, citizens may suffer from the devastating impacts in the coming years.

In this regard, the leader specified that Peru was the first country in the region to enact the Climate Change Law, adding that it is one of those nations at the forefront on single-use plastic regulation. Therefore, it is important to continue making this type of decision in order to protect the national biodiversity.

In this regard, Mr. Vizcarra stressed that today the High-Level Commission on Climate Change was established. It is a group in charge of implementing actions to mitigate and adapt to climate change with a view to the year 2050.

Lastly, he indicated that said space will be permanent and also work with local and regional authorities.

The event took place as part of a new session of the Council of Ministers held at the Lima-based Government Palace.


Published: 9/23/2020
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