Government approves Latvia's national climate plan

The Cabinet of Ministers approved the updated National Energy and Climate Plan on Tuesday, July 9, despite several objections.

The plan sets out the work Latvia needs to do to meet the European Union's climate targets by 2030. 

The plan has five parts: decarbonization and renewable energy, energy efficiency, energy security, integration of the EU's internal energy markets, and research, innovation and competitiveness.

It contains around 250 measures targeting energy, energy efficiency in buildings, the transport sector, agriculture and the land sector.

"The work does not stop. This is a kind of milestone: where we are, where we want to go. Discussions will definitely continue with the social partners, with the non-governmental sector, with the sectors, because we know very well how fast the sectors are changing and what the latest technologies are," said Climate and Energy Minister Kaspars Melnis (Union of Greens and Farmers).

The plan will be further submitted to the European Commission, which has already made recommendations in the field of climate and energy, such as the need to increase the contribution of the land sector to reducing emissions, to provide detailed information on energy efficiency measures, building renovation measures and strategies.

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