translated from Spanish: Industries and carbon: Chile footprint on the environment

Currently, the fight to reduce the carbon footprint in enterprises is growing. According to studies released at the Summit of the Bonn climate (COP23), almost 90% of emissions to carbon generated, come from the use of fossil fuels and industry, reason by which urges a quick and efficient solution to be able to meet the needs of the s companies without polluting the environment.
Indeed, the issue of the carbon footprint generated by industries is a concern both world organizations, and of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), as well as the countries that have tried to solve through international seminars, or public policies established and regulated.
Then taking into account these data and the need for industries to meet the needs of society, how could Chile help companies reduce environmental impact?
Despite multiple efforts carried out by the different authorities of the country in reducing the carbon footprint, even a solution not found with real impact. For the Paris 2015 climate agreement, the country pledged – by means of an official document for the contribution national attempt of Chile – to reduce their emissions to 30%.
However, an analysis published in November of this year by the German organization Climate Action Tracker, where he studied the correct performance of these contributions and other public policies that countries have with regard to climate change, It was determined that Chile is a «highly inadequate» country to abide by its policies against global warming.
Taking into consideration the climate of the country aspects such as its high solar radiation, high winds and even the geothermal resource obtained through the Andes mountain range, it seems that the implementation of non-conventional energy devices – as photovoltaic solar or wind–, it is at the moment the solution to reduce the impact of the greenhouse gases emitted by industries and meet targets agreed in the various international seminars to help the environment.
Although Chile has launched various initiatives that encourage the use of renewables such as Biogas, solar roofs public or footprint Chile program, efforts aren’t enough to generate impact on the environment and significantly reduce the production of atmospheric gas produced by large industries, since only 20% of the country’s electrical grid is generated through non-polluting resources.
During the next years the development and use of these clean resources by companies will be key, since they will not only help the environment and the quality of people’s lives, but they will contribute to the commitment acquired by the country by 2025, which is that 20% of energy matrix is made up of renewable energy and thus reduce the carbon footprint generated by industries.

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