Slovakia has officially pledged to reduce greenhouse gas emissions after 106 MPs approved the ratification of the Paris climate agreement. It will now have to wait for the signature of President Andrej Kiska, the TASR newswire reported.
The new document should introduce new ways to fight climate changes which result in global warming and extreme weather patterns. The long-term aim of the new deal is to sustain the growth in global temperature below 2 degrees Celsius compared with the pre-industrialised era. The countries should try to limit it to 1.5 degrees Celsius.
The change should follow the reduction of using greenhouse gas emissions and the application of new technologies.
“The priority of Slovakia’s presidency of the EU Council is to secure that the Paris agreement is ratified by all crucial states, including the EU itself, by the end of the year,” Environment Minister László Solymos (Most-Híd) said, as quoted by TASR.
The Paris agreement will become valid after it is signed by at least 55 signatories of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, which produce at least 55 percent of global emission of the greenhouse gases.
The deal has already been ratified by altogether 27 countries, including the USA and China, which produce 39 percent of total global emissions, TASR wrote.