Law No. 19,147 creating the National Environmental Observatory ( 2013 )

Tasks the Observatory with measuring greenhouse gas emissions.…read more

Law No. 19.126 on Mining Activities in Gran Porte ( 2013 )

Creates an Intergenerational Sovereign Fund for Investment which may allocate resources to projects to adapt and mitigate the impact of climate change.…read more

Law No. 19.158 creating the Uruguay Institute of Meterology ( 2013 )

Tasks the Institute with providing technical and scientific advice to the Executive Branch on issues related to climate change.…read more

Law no. 18.719 Approving the National Budget 2010-14 and Law no. 19.355 on the Budget 2015-19 ( 2010 )

Has references to climate change, mitigation and adaptation.…read more

Law No. 18.585 on Solar Energy ( 2009 )

Declares research, development and training in the use of solar energy to be in the national interest.…read more

Law No. 18.597 on the Efficient Use of Energy in the National Territory ( 2009 )

Declares the efficient use of energy to be in the national interest, lays down rules for its promotion and regulation. Has references to reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.…read more

Law no. 17.283 (Environmental Act) ( 2008 )

This law declares of public interest the environment in its multiple forms. Art. 19 charges the Ministry for Housing, Territorial Management and Environment of applying the UNFCCC Convention, establishing adaptation and mitigation measures, and regulating GHG emisions.…read more

Law No. 18.195 on promotion and regulation of the production, commercialisation and use of agrofuels ( 2007 )

One of the stated aims of the Act is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions under the Kyoto Protocol and the UNFCCC.…read more

Law No. 17,503 creating the Farm Reconstruction and Development Fund ( 2002 )

Creates the Farm Reconstruction and Development Fund for producers affected by climatic disasters.…read more

National Policy for Climate Change ( 2017 / Mitigation and adaptation Framework )

The National Policy on Climate Change promotes adaptation and mitigation in the country. It contributes to the sustainable development of the country, seeking climate resilience and a low-carbon economy. It sets objectives over the short, medium and long term up to 2050. The document defines the human, material and financial resources needed to ensure the functioning…read more

Decree No. 172/016 creating the National Environmental System ( 2016 )

This Decree creates the National Environmental System and taks it with strengthening, articulating and coordinating national public policies in the areas of environment, water and climate change. The decree notably charges the newly created institution to design policies to strenghten adaptation to climate change, generate related information, promote education.…read more

Decree No. 58/015 establishing policies for the development of the energy sector ( 2015 )

The Preamble recognises that generation of electrical energy from biomass contributes to the mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions.…read more

Decree No. 50/012 for promoting and financing the acquisition of Solar Thermal Energy equipment ( 2012 )

The Preamble recognises that the solar equipment contributes to the mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions.…read more

Decree No. 86/012 Approving the Uruguayan Energy Savings and Efficiency Trust ( 2012 )

One of the Trust's responsibilities is to promote energy efficiency and the reduction of greenhouse gases.…read more

Climate-Smart Agriculture Policy 2010 ( 2010 )

Mentioned in INDC and other online sources, e.g. news reports (http://www.espectador.com/economia/341992/desafios-de-uruguay-para-cumplir-con-el-acuerdo-climatico-global). Not available online.…read more

National Climate Change Response Strategy ( 2010 / Mitigation and adaptation Framework )

The National Climate Change Response Strategy is Uruguay's attempt to frame mitigation and adpatation policies. It details which sectors are responsible for the national GHG emissions (energy, land use change and agriculture), lists the country's particular vulnerabilities (costal erosion, uncertainty in annual crop yields, forest fires, etc.), establishes sectoral priorities and objectives. It further discusses…read more

Decree No. 238/009 Creating the National Climate Change Response System ( 2009 )

This Decree creates the National Climate Change Response System in order to coordinate and plan the public and private responses necessary to prevent the risks, to mitigate and to adapt to climate change. The System will be under the supervision of the Ministry of Housing, Territorial Planning and the Environment. The Decree further establishes a…read more

Economy-wide

NDC Laws and National Policies

2025 mitigation objective of intensity reduction (GHG emissions per GDP unit) from base year 1990 of 24% in CO2, 57% in CH4, 48% in N2O (unconditional), and 29% in CO2, 59% in CH4, 52% in N2O (conditional)

Economy Wide | Intensity Target | Target year: 2025 | Base year: 1990

Source: NDC

There are no quantifiable targets found in the laws and policies.

Energy

NDC Laws and National Policies

The Green Seal Certification, which includes different actions to achieve a more resilient performance of buildings, through the use of appropriate design and materials to be better prepared in the face of extreme weather events, the implementation of best practices and the installation of devices to efficiently manage and harness rainwater, and prevent erosion, will have been awarded to between 4% and 10% of tourist accommodation services by 2025

Energy Efficiency | Base Year Target | Target year: 2025

At least 50 MW of small hydro by 2015

Renewable Energy | Fixed Level Target | Target year: 2015 | Base year: 2010 | Source(s): National C... (2010 / Executive)

To have diversified, by 2025, the power grid sources, thus reducing the vulnerabilities resulting from the dependence of hydropower generation on climate conditions, with at least 1,700 installed MW from at least three non-traditional sources, and with the option of power accumulation plants

Renewable Energy | Target year: 2025

200 MW of biomass by 2015

Renewable Energy | Fixed Level Target | Target year: 2015 | Base year: 2010 | Source(s): National C... (2010 / Executive)

Consolidation of smart grids including household appliances and smart meters in two neighborhoods or towns by 2025

Supply-Side Efficiency: Grid/Energy Loss Reduction | Target year: 2025

300 MW of wind power by 2015

Renewable Energy | Fixed Level Target | Target year: 2015 | Base year: 2010 | Source(s): National C... (2010 / Executive)

Extension of water sources technologies for power generation (small hydroelectric power plants): 10 MW of installed power by 2025, with a focus on co-benefits for dams for irrigation

Renewable Energy: Hydro | Target year: 2025

At least 15% share for renewables by 2015

Renewable Energy | Fixed Level Target | Target year: 2015 | Base year: 2010 | Source(s): National C... (2010 / Executive)

Introduction of electricity accumulation technology, including accumulation and pumping systems: 300 MW installed by 2025

Energy: General | Target year: 2025

Tourism Green Seal certification in 10% of tourist accommodation services

Demand-side Efficiency: Tourism

Adoption of biofuels: 10% bioethanol blended with gasoline, and 7% biodiesel blended in diesel fuel.

Renewable Energy: Biofuels

Replacement of current equipment with efficient equipment: 80% of LED lights in public lighting by 2025

Demand-Side Efficiency: Appliances | Target year: 2025

Implementation of a residential area pilot plan of smart grids, replacing 100,000 electricity meters by smart meters by 2025

Supply-Side Efficiency: Grid/Energy Loss Reduction | Target year: 2025

Use of solar collectors for domestic hot water in large users, industrial and residential users: 100 MWth of installed capacity for 2025

Renewable Energy: Solar | Target year: 2025

Power generation from biomass energy: 250 MW of installed power for self-consumption by the private -industrial sector by 2025, including 10 MW of microgeneration

Renewable Energy: Biofuels | Target year: 2025

Power generation from biomass energy: 160 MW of installed power to deliver to the power grid by 2025 (4% of the installed power from the SIN)

Renewable Energy: Biofuels | Target year: 2025

Power generation from solar energy: 220 MW of installed power by 2025 (5% of the installed power from the SIN)

Renewable Energy: Solar | Target year: 2025

Power generation from wind energy: 1,450 MW of installed power by 2025 (32% of the installed power from the National Grid System SIN)

Renewable Energy: Wind | Target year: 2025

[Non-binding] 57% reduction in N2O emissions intensity per GDP unit by 2030 from 1990 level

Energy: General | Intensity Target | Target year: 2030

[Non-binding] 63% reduction in CH4 emissions intensity per GDP unit by 2030 from 1990 level

Energy: General | Intensity Target | Target year: 2030

[Non-binding] 31% reduction in CO2 emissions intensity per GDP unit by 2030 from 1990 level

Energy: General | Intensity Target | Target year: 2030

52% reduction in N2O emissions intensity per GDP unit by 2025 from 1990 level

Energy: General | Intensity Target | Target year: 2025

59% reduction in CH4 emissions intensity per GDP unit by 2025 from 1990 level

Energy: General | Intensity Target | Target year: 2025

29% reduction in CO2 emissions intensity per GDP unit by 2025 from 1990 level

Energy: General | Intensity Target | Target year: 2025

Source: NDC

Waste

NDC Laws and National Policies

Introduction of CH4 capture and burning in final disposal systems of solid urban waste (with and without electric power generation): 90% of urban solid waste generated placed in final disposal sites with this technology.

Solid Waste

30% of agroindustrial waste at least to produce energy by 2015 against a 2010 baseline

Waste-to-energy | Fixed Level Target | Target year: 2015 | Base year: 2010 | Source(s): National C... (2010 / Executive)

[Non-binding] 57% reduction in N2O emissions intensity per GDP unit by 2030 from 1990 level

Waste: General | Intensity Target | Target year: 2030

[Non-binding] 63% reduction in CH4 emissions intensity per GDP unit by 2030 from 1990 level

Waste: General | Intensity Target | Target year: 2030

Source: NDC

Agriculture

NDC Laws and National Policies

By 2025, 95% of the agricultural area is under land use and management plans, including plans to reduce erosion and preserve organic matter in croplands, the productivity and water storage capacity have improved, and the risk of erosion during extreme rainfall events has been reduced

Land And Soil Management | Target year: 2025

There are no quantifiable targets found in the laws and policies.

Adoption, by 2025, of good practices of natural land management and management of breeding herds in livestock production in an area ranging from 1,000,000 to 3,000,000 ha (10-30% of grasslands), including the supply of forage, regenerative management and the addition of supplements in times of drought, enhancing extension and livestock innovation mechanisms for that purpose

Livestock | Target year: 2025

Introduction of slow-release fertilizers and/or adjustments in the timing of fertilizer application in at least 20% of the area of winter agricultural crops, including corn and sorghum towards 2025.

Fertilizers | Target year: 2025

Implementation of service crops (covers) installed in soybean pre-harvest in 600,000 ha by 2025

Climate Smart Agriculture | Target year: 2025

Implementation of no-till farming, with grain crop rotations, cover crops, and inclusion of C4 grasses in 95% of the agricultural area by 2025

Soils | Target year: 2025

Implementation of no-till farming, with grain crop rotations, cover crops, and inclusion of C4 grasses in 95% of the agricultural area by 2025

Climate Smart Agriculture | Target year: 2025

Introduction of intermittent irrigation technology with alternate wetting and drying (AWD) of soils in at least 40% of the rice crop area (64,000 ha) by 2025

Climate Smart Agriculture | Target year: 2025

[Non-binding] 43% reduction in N2O emissions intensity per kg of beef cattle measured in live weight by 2030 from 1990 level

Livestock | Intensity Target | Target year: 2030

[Non-binding]41% reduction in CH4 emissions intensity per kg of beef cattle measured in live weight by 2030 from 1990 level

Livestock | Intensity Target | Target year: 2030

[Non-binding] 57% reduction in N2O emissions intensity per GDP unit by 2030 from 1990 level

Agriculture: General | Intensity Target | Target year: 2030

[Non-binding] 63% reduction in CH4 emissions intensity per GDP unit by 2030 from 1990 level

Agriculture: General | Intensity Target | Target year: 2030

38% reduction in N2O emissions intensity per kg of beef cattle measured in live weight by 2025 from 1990 level

Livestock | Intensity Target | Target year: 2025

37% reduction in CH4 emissions intensity per kg of beef cattle measured in live weight by 2025 from 1990 level

Livestock | Intensity Target | Target year: 2025

52% reduction in N2O emissions intensity per GDP unit by 2025 from 1990 level

Agriculture: General | Intensity Target | Target year: 2025

59% reduction in CH4 emissions intensity per GDP unit by 2025 from 1990 level

Agriculture: General | Intensity Target | Target year: 2025

Source: NDC

Buildings

NDC Laws and National Policies
There are no quantifiable targets found in the NDC.There are no quantifiable targets found in the laws and policies.

Coastal Zones

NDC Laws and National Policies

To have, by 2020, a system for monitoring and assessing adaptation actions in the six coastal departments in coordination with institutions dealing with coastal areas.

Coastal Management | Target year: 2020

There are no quantifiable targets found in the laws and policies.

To have an adaptive management strategy in 20% of the coastal line of the Uruguay River, the River Plate and the Atlantic Ocean by 2025, prioritizing the most vulnerable stretches.

Coastal Management | Target year: 2025

Source: NDC

Cross-Cutting Area

NDC Laws and National Policies

The management plans of at least six protected areas will include climate change and variability considerations by 2025.

Climate Risk Management | Target year: 2025

There are no quantifiable targets found in the laws and policies.

At least seven departments will have regional, departmental or municipal local climate change and variability adaptation plans by 2025.

Climate Risk Management | Target year: 2025

Adaptation measures will have been promoted by 2025 in at least 30% of the cities with over 5,000 residents to address vulnerabilities and improve their adaptive capacities.

Climate Services | Target year: 2025

Departmental risk-management instruments consider at least 25% of municipal areas, and include the participation and perspective of the third level of government by 2025.

Climate Risk Management | Target year: 2025

To have, by 2020, six regional risk-management plans (covering the entire country), those taking into account climate change and variability, with focus in urban and rural population depending on specific vulnerability characteristics.

Climate Risk Management | Target year: 2020

To have formulated by 2025 a diagnosis of the response capacity and the infrastructure of health care services and centers to extreme weather events in at least four departments.

Capacity Building And Knowledge Transfer | Target year: 2025

Source: NDC

Disaster Risk Management (DRM)

NDC Laws and National Policies

At least 30 flood cities have maps showing the flood hazards of drainages, riverbanks and/or rising sea levels and storm surges by 2025.

Monitoring And Evaluation System | Target year: 2025

There are no quantifiable targets found in the laws and policies.

At least eight flood cities will have a flood early warning system by 2025.

Early Warning System | Target year: 2025

To have formulated by 2025 a diagnosis of the response capacity and the infrastructure of health care services and centers to extreme weather events in at least four departments.

Disaster Preparedness | Target year: 2025

An early-warning system for extreme temperature events (heat and cold waves) will have been developed, and it will have been implemented in at least two departments by 2020.

Early Warning System | Target year: 2020

To have relocated, by 2025, between 3500 and 6000 of the households in flood or contaminated zones identified through the National Relocation Plan and other national and departmental instruments, enabling access to basic services to relocated population and assigning new uses to give a different significance to flood zones.

Disaster Preparedness | Target year: 2025

Source: NDC

Environment

NDC Laws and National Policies

By 2025, 100% of the area of the shelter and shade forests plantations –which provide shelter and well-being for animals, especially in adverse weather situations– has been preserved (78,000 ha)

Ecosystem And Biodiversity | Target year: 2025

Source: NDC

There are no quantifiable targets found in the laws and policies.

Health

NDC Laws and National Policies

To have formulated by 2025 a diagnosis of the response capacity and the infrastructure of health care services and centers to extreme weather events in at least four departments.

Health Services And Assessment | Target year: 2025

Source: NDC

There are no quantifiable targets found in the laws and policies.

Industry

NDC Laws and National Policies

Development of pozzolanic or composite cements for the partial replacement of the clinker in the late stages of the cement production process. (450 ton of Clinker/year).

Cement

There are no quantifiable targets found in the laws and policies.

Replacement of fossil fuels with alternative lower GHG emissions fuels in cement production; up to 30% replacement rate depending on plants and local availability of alternatives

Cement

[Non-binding] 57% reduction in N2O emissions intensity per GDP unit by 2030 from 1990 level

Industries: General | Intensity Target | Target year: 2030

[Non-binding] 63% reduction in CH4 emissions intensity per GDP unit by 2030 from 1990 level

Industries: General | Intensity Target | Target year: 2030

[Non-binding] 31% reduction in CO2 emissions intensity per GDP unit by 2030 from 1990 level

Industries: General | Intensity Target | Target year: 2030

29% reduction in CO2 emissions intensity per GDP unit by 2025 from 1990 level

Industries: General | Intensity Target | Target year: 2025

Source: NDC

LULUCF

NDC Laws and National Policies

Adoption, by 2025, of good practices of natural land management and management of breeding herds in livestock production in an area ranging from 1,000,000 to 3,000,000 ha (10-30% of grasslands), including the supply of forage, regenerative management and the addition of supplements in times of drought, enhancing extension and livestock innovation mechanisms for that purpose

Sustainable Land Management | Target year: 2025

There are no quantifiable targets found in the laws and policies.

By 2025, 100% of the native forest area will be protected, with the option of increasing said area by 5%, especially in water resource environmental protection areas, attempting to revert degradation processes

Afforestation | Target year: 2025

[Non-binding] CO2 sequestration in the remaining 25% of the cropland area under Plans of Soil Use and Management of year 2016 (1.147.000 ha) by 2030

Sustainable Land Management | Target year: 2030

[Non-binding] Avoid CO2 emissions from SOC in 75% of the cropland area under Plans of Soil Use and Management of year 2016 (1.147.000 ha) by 2030

Sustainable Land Management | Target year: 2030

[Non-binding] Avoid CO2 emissions from SOC in 100% of the peatlands area of year 2016 by 2030

Peatlands | Target year: 2030

[Non-binding] Avoid CO2 emissions from SOC in 45% of the grasslands area by 2030

Grassland | Target year: 2030

[Non-binding] 50% increase in the shade and shelter forest plantations area of year 2012, including silvopastoral systems by 2025

Afforestation | Target year: 2025

[Non-binding] At least maintenance of 100% of the amount of forest plantations effective area under management of year 2015 (763.070 ha) by 2030

Conservation | Target year: 2030

[Non-binding] 10% increase in the native forest area of year 2012 by 2030

Afforestation | Target year: 2030

CO2 sequestration in the remaining 25% of the cropland area under Plans of Soil Use and Management of year 2016 (1.147.000 ha) by 2025

Sustainable Land Management | Target year: 2025

Avoid CO2 emissions from SOC in 75% of the cropland area under Plans of Soil Use and Management of year 2016 (1.147.000 ha) by 2025

Sustainable Land Management | Target year: 2025

Avoid CO2 emissions from SOC in 100% of the peatlands area of year 2016 (8.366 ha) by 2025

Peatlands | Target year: 2025

Avoid CO2 emissions from SOC in 30% of the grasslands area (3.000.000 ha) by 2025

Grassland | Target year: 2025

25% increase in the shade and shelter forest plantations area of year 2012, including silvopastoral systems (97.338 ha) by 2025

Afforestation | Target year: 2025

At least maintenance of 100% of the amount of forest plantations effective area under management of year 2015 (763.070 ha) by 2025

Conservation | Target year: 2025

5% increase in the native forest area of year 2012 (892.458 ha) by 2025

Afforestation | Target year: 2025

Source: NDC

Social Development

NDC Laws and National Policies
There are no quantifiable targets found in the NDC.There are no quantifiable targets found in the laws and policies.

Tourism

NDC Laws and National Policies

The Green Seal Certification awarded to between 4% and 10% of tourist accommodation services by 2025. The certification includes different actions to achieve a more resilient performance of buildings, through the use of appropriate design and materials to be better prepared in the face of extreme weather events, the implementation of best practices and the installation of devices to efficiently manage and harness rainwater, and prevent erosion.

Tourism | Target year: 2025

Source: NDC

There are no quantifiable targets found in the laws and policies.

Transportation

NDC Laws and National Policies

Establishment of a laboratory to test vehicle efficiency and gaseous emissions (including particulate matter) by 2025

Vehicle Fleet | Target year: 2025

There are no quantifiable targets found in the laws and policies.

Introduction of utility electric vehicles: 900 units by 2025.

Vehicle Fleet | Target year: 2025

Introduction of electric vehicles in public transport: 110 buses and 550 taxis by 2025

Vehicle Fleet | Target year: 2025

Adoption of biofuels: 10% bioethanol blended with gasoline, and 7% biodiesel blended in diesel fuel.

Transportation Fuels

[Non-binding] 31% reduction in CO2 emissions intensity per GDP unit by 2030 from 1990 level

Transport: General | Intensity Target | Target year: 2030

29% reduction in CO2 emissions intensity per GDP unit by 2025 from 1990 level

Transport: General | Intensity Target | Target year: 2025

Source: NDC

Urban

NDC Laws and National Policies

Adaptation measures will have been promoted by 2025 in at least 30% of the cities with over 5,000 residents to address vulnerabilities and improve their adaptive capacities.

Sustainable Urban Planning | Target year: 2025

Source: NDC

There are no quantifiable targets found in the laws and policies.

Water

NDC Laws and National Policies

To have formulated, adopted and implemented by 2025 three integrated basin management plans that consider climate change and variability.

Watershed And River Basin Management | Target year: 2025

Source: NDC

There are no quantifiable targets found in the laws and policies.
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