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Nigeria to phase-out kerosene by 2030

Nigeria will by 2030 eliminate kerosene lighting, reduce the burning of crop residues, and increase in the use of buses for public transportation.

President Muhammadu Buhari gave this indication in Abuja during a virtual meeting, hosted by President Joe Biden of the United States, on Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate Change (MEF).

Listing Nigeria’s updated Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC), President Buhari restated the country’s commitment to a safer and healthier global climate.

The President said the development had raised an additional 2% to the NDC from 45% to 47% conditionally and 20% unconditionally below business-as-usual.

He said Nigeria was developing National Frameworks for Article 6 of the Kigali Accord, and for carbon pricing, explaining that Nigeria has finalised the Sectoral Action Plan for the implementation of the revised NDC in the key priority sectors of Energy, Oil & Gas, Agriculture and Land-use, Power, Transport and Water and Waste.

On the Global Methane Pledge, the President told the world leaders that Nigeria joined the Global Methane Alliance in 2019, with a commitment to methane reduction targets of at least 45% by 2025, and a 60-75% reduction by 2030.

Nigeria’s plan, he continued, was to improve air quality and reduce its contribution to climate change through 22 specific mitigation measures in eight source sectors, which include transportation, cooking, and lighting in households, industry, waste, oil and gas, agriculture, power and hydro-fluoro-carbon, as well as adoption and ratification of the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol, aimed at phasing out hydrofluorocarbon emissions.

President Buhari added that the measures taken would also be effective in reducing other air pollutants, such as nitrogen oxides and particulate matter, as well as Carbon Dioxide emissions.

Nigeria was aware that short-term response to the transition from fossil fuel to clean energy might jeopardise its economic growth, hence the decision to use the Long-Term Low-Emissions Development Strategy as its transition process, he said.

Partnering With Others

The President also said Nigeria was ready to partner with countries and relevant stakeholders to achieve the goals of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and objectives of the Paris Agreement while combining both local and international solutions in its quest to mitigate the challenges of climate change and adapting to the realities of the catastrophic environmental destruction facing our world.

Reporting by Abdullah Bello; Editing by Daniel Adejo and Tony Okerafor