“Lithuania is doing well, because our greenhouse gas emissions are relatively low, 22,000 tonnes,” Bukantis, of Vilnius University, tells Žinių Radijas.
“Our GDP is growing much faster than our greenhouse gas emissions. It is a positive feature of our economic development. Developing countries, unfortunately, cannot claim the same – their energy consumption is growing inadequately fast compared to GDP growth,” Bukantis says.
He says that before the Paris accords on climate change last year, the world had been in a limbo: “There had been no international commitments and agreements curbing humans’ damaging of nature, especially pollution of atmosphere.”
The agreement, reached last December and outlining commitments to cut greenhouse gas emissions, is binding for the 195 signatory nations. Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė signed the agreement in New York last Friday.