Nigeria is agreeing to reduce gas emission as part of its commitments to the Paris Agreement at the U.S.-led climate summit.
Speaking virtually to the White House from Abuja, President Muhammadu Buhari said since 2016, Nigeria had undertaken “major environmentally sound and climate-friendly programs.”
He revealed institutional frameworks have been set in place to cut emissions by 2030.
“Beyond ending gas flaring by 2030, the oil and gas sector has undertaken steps for diversification, risk management systems, insurance (indistinct) research and development and energy crisis planning”, Buhari said.
Other countries in Africa have also agreed to cutting 32% off emissions by 2030. The African continent is currently developing a strategy for greenhouse gas emissions to be presented to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change before COP 26 in November, according to Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Kenyatta also laid out the African nation’s targets for clean energy and reducing carbon emissions at the U.S.-led climate summit.
“In our journey to the 2050 target, Kenya intends to complete its transition to renewable energy. And clean energy already accounts for about 90% of total electricity supply in Kenya, and we intend to increase this to 100% by the year 2030”, he said.
South Africa’s president Cyril Ramaphosa used his address to urge developed nations to assist developing nations to meet climate targets.
He said poorer countries who typically contribute less global emissions “often suffer the most from the devastating effects of climate change”.
”We call on developed economies which historically bear the greatest responsibility for emission to meet their responsibilities to developing economies. This will be vital to restoring the bonds of trust between developed and developing economies”, said Ramaphosa.