Iran set to cut greenhouse gas emission 12% by 2030
Tehran, Iran, March 5
By Mehdi Sepahvand - Trend:
The government of Iran hopes to manage to cut down greenhouse gas emissions by 12 percent by the year 2030, Environment Department Director Masoumeh Ebtekar said.
"While the average global temperature has risen by 0.85 degrees, Iran has experienced 1.5 degrees rise which is expected to reach 2 degrees in two years," she added, Shana news agency reported March 5.
"We are planning to move closer to environmental standards and green technologies," the official said.
Two projects for reducing greenhouse gases in Iran registered in the UN have been grounded due to management changes.
Industrial units in Iran are old-fashioned and energy-consuming, leading to a great rate of greenhouse gas emission.
Iran's greenhouse gas output will hit two billion metric tons per year in ten years if continued in the current fashion, according to Director of National Center for Air and Climate Change of the Iranian Environment Protection Organization Ali Rajabi.
Currently over 500 million metric tons of greenhouse gas equivalent of CO2 is produced in Iran each year.
To reduce greenhouse gas emission, Iran has started producing and distributing gasoline with the Euro-4 standard, however with many ups-and-downs and much delay in projects.
Mazut has been replaced with natural gas in industrial units in Iran as part of attempts to reduce greenhouse gas production.