UN Convention Releases Nigeria’s Low Emission Vision Document

The United Nations Climate Change Convention has released Nigeria’s long-term low emissions vision document for 2050, the federal government said on Sunday.

Minister of State for Environment Sharon Ikeazor said the long-term low emissions vision document was a demonstration of Nigeria’s commitment to play a leading role in the implementation of the Paris Agreement.

She made the claim following the official publication of the long-term vision document by the UNCFCC Secretariat, according to a statement issued in Abuja by the press director of the federal environment ministry, Saghir el Mohammed.

Ikeazor described the document as an important milestone in actualizing Nigeria’s quest to mitigate the negative effects of climate change and a way forward to meet its decarbonization goals.

“I am happy that the LTV document has been released by the UNCFCC and I wish to express our appreciation to the 2050 pathways that funded the vision and all the stakeholders that contributed to the vision,” she said.

She recalled that a key element of the Paris Agreement was the invitation to parties “to formulate and communicate by 2020 long-term development strategies with low greenhouse gas emissions”.

Ikeazor explained that Nigeria’s long-term vision 2050, known as LTV 2050, was the first step towards developing long-term strategies.

She said the strategies would explore options to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and contribute to the goal of achieving zero net GHG emissions globally by mid-century.

The minister said, “This provides a clear direction for a well-managed transition to a low carbon economy that expands existing and new sectors and creates new jobs and economic opportunities for the nation.

“The LTV communicates the vision that by 2050 Nigeria will be a high-growth, climate-resilient, low-carbon circular economy country that will reduce its current level of emissions by 50% and move towards net zero emissions in the second half of the century in all sectors of its development in a gender sensitive manner.

According to the minister, the next step is the elaboration of the long-term low-emission development strategy.

She said the strategy would develop scenarios and models that would help translate the vision document into quantified emissions reduction targets as well as technology options and cost implications.

“I look forward to the development of the LTS to complete Nigeria’s energy transition plan and to propose options to achieve the decarbonisation objective announced by President Muhammadu Buhari during the COP 26 in Glasgow”, she said. declared.

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