Sao Paulo - Brazil plans to lower its emissions of the main greenhouse gas carbon dioxide by nearly 40 per cent by 2020, the government said in Sao Paulo late Friday. President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's Chief of Staff Dilma Rousseff emphasised that the ambitious goal was voluntary. Brazil intends to emit around one billion fewer tons of CO2 by 2020 than it otherwise would have.
The South American nation also intends to reduce the rate of deforestation in the Amazon rainforest by 80 per cent.
President Lula is in Paris Saturday meeting with French President Nicolas Sarkozy.