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Chilean president highlights installed capacity of renewable energy

Xinhua, April 12, 2017 Adjust font size:

Chilean President Michelle Bachelet said on Tuesday that 14 percent of the South American country's installed electricity generation capacity is derived from renewable energy.

"Everything indicates that our original target of reaching 20 percent by 2025 will be achieved much sooner. Now we are setting our sights on 70 percent by 2050," said the president.

At a ceremony to enact the Paris Agreement on climate change, Bachelet said Chile has made better than expected progress in promoting renewable energy.

"While in other countries there are those who irresponsibly insist on questioning the phenomenon, denying the evidence of most scientific work, in Chile that debate has already been settled: climate change is the result of human intervention and it must be resolved through human intervention. That is why Chile has decided to take action," said Bachelet.

The Paris Agreement, promoted by the United Nations, primarily aims to hold the average global temperature increase below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, and preferably below 1.5 degrees, through concerted action to reduce greenhouse gases. Endi