FG Committed To Reducing Carbon Footprint – NCCC

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The National Council on Climate Change (NCCC), has said the Federal Government is committed to the reduction of carbon footprint in the country.

A carbon footprint is the total amount of greenhouse gases that an activity, product, company or country adds to the atmosphere

The Director-General, National Council on Climate Change (NCCC), Dr Salisu Dahiru spoke on Tuesday in Abuja at the official Presentation and Socialisation of Nigeria’s Long-term Low-emission Development Strategy (LT-LEDS).

He said that Federal Government’s determination in reducing Nigeria’s carbon footprint could be seen in the inauguration of several initiatives such as the Electric Buses Rollout Programme, the Carbon Market Activation Programme, among others.

“The present administration is providing all the necessary support to implement robust, enabling policies and frameworks,’’ he said.

He urged stakeholders to align the efforts and contribute their expertise to concrete actions that would propel Nigeria towards a shared vision of a low-emission and climate-resilient.

“The LT LEDS is comprehensive and serves as a vehicle for transitioning Nigeria to its Net-zero Pathway by 2060.

“In particular, it identifies actionable programmes and policies that aim to accelerate the uptake of measures and technologies in and around a climate-resilient development pathway,” he said.

According to him, LT LEDS is working towards long-term quantifiable greenhouse emissions reductions across Nigeria’s priority sectors.

“In November 2021, Nigeria passed the Climate Change Act that seeks to achieve low greenhouse gas emissions, green and sustainable growth by providing the framework to set a target to reach net zero between 2050 and 2070.

“With this regulatory framework, the Act established the NCCC with the sole responsibility for the coordination and harmonisation of national climate actions among several roles.’’

The director-general added that the journey to net-zero emissions had begun and it was already clear that the road would be rough.

According to him, Nigeria’s position is balancing its socioeconomics with climate change initiatives.

“It is to be noted also that in order to mobilise adequate climate finance into the country, there is need for adequate regulatory frameworks and its implementation,” Dahiru said.

(NAN)