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ADDIS ABABA: Ethiopia has set targets to slash carbon emissions by two-thirds within the next 15 years, the most ambitious goal so far presented to an upcoming UN climate change conference in Paris.
"Ethiopia intends to achieve its vision of becoming carbon-neutral, with the mid-term goal of attaining middle-income status," according to a statement published on the website of the UN convention on climate change.
Addis Ababa has set a target to reduce its emissions of greenhouse gases by 64 per cent by 2030, the most ambitious plan to date presented to the United Nations Climate Change Conference, which begins in November.
Ethiopia said it plans to cut emissions by adopting cleaner practices in agriculture, construction and transport, as well as slowing deforestation.
More than three-quarters of Ethiopians have no access to electricity, and depend entirely on wood stoves - a major source of carbon dioxide.