While the COP25 is known as the "Ambition" COP due to the need for all countries to expand their environmental commitments, Chile wants to put forward 7 additional topics:
Oceans: The ocean helps climate change mitigation since it captures a substantial part of the greenhouse gases. This phenomenon has an effect on the ocean that increases temperatures and tidal surges, among others.
Antarctica: Antarctica and the Arctic are great water reserves, we must protect them and avoid the loss of huge ice masses due to global warming, which could lead to a rise in sea level of up to one meter before the end of this century.
Electromobility: Electromobility goes hand in hand with renewable power generation, which allows for a more sustainable clean transport system. Santiago is the second city in the world with the largest electric bus fleet.
Renewable energies: Renewable energies are fundamental for sustainable development as they do not generate greenhouse gas emissions (unlike fossil fuels such as coal, diesel and gas). Chile has achieved a rapid penetration of renewable energy without subsidies. We were recognized by Bloomberg this year as the first country to invest in renewable energy.
Circular Economy: We have a Law banning the Commercial Use Of Plastic Bags throughout the National Territory. In addition, we have implemented the Waste Management Law, the Extended Producer Responsibility and the Promotion of Recycling. All this through the drafting of regulations that will establish collection and valorization goals for tires, containers and packaging. We have a seal of circularity and we are developing initiatives aimed at reducing the use of plastic, such as the campaign "Goodbye plastic straws", aimed at raising awareness and discouraging the use of plastic straws by the community.
Ecosystems and Forests: Forests are greenhouse gases collectors, therefore helping to mitigate climate change. Chile has a forest sector that acts as collector, unlike other countries that have suffered widespread deforestation.
Biodiversity: In order to halt the deterioration of 40 wetlands in a first stage and preserve their rich biodiversity, the Ministry of Environment launched the National Wetland Protection Plan for the period 2018-2022. In addition, we are working on a Draft Bill for the creation of the Biodiversity and Protected Areas Service (SBAP).