The Federal Government has called on stakeholders to adopt the Long-term Strategy for Low Emission Development to effectively address climate change challenges.
The Minister of Environment, Mohammed Abdullahi, who was represented by the Director of the Department of Climate Change, Dr Iniobong Abiola-Awe, stressed the importance of the country’s Long Term-Low Emission Development Strategy during a stakeholders meeting in Lagos.
According to a statement, the minister said climate change was a reality that had come to stay and was having disproportionate negative impacts around the globe.
He said, “Climate change is no longer an environmental issue because it has been scientifically proven and understood as a political, economic and social issue.”
The minister, however, noted that with affordable and scalable solutions, climate change challenges would be turned into opportunities.
“There is a growing recognition that affordable, scalable solutions are now available that will enable us all to leapfrog to cleaner, more resilient societies and economies, hence turning the challenges of climate change into opportunities.
“Nigeria’s commitment to the low-carbon pathway is evident in the ratification of the Paris Agreement as outlined in its Nationally Determined Contributions, which can be achieved with financial assistance, technology transfer, and capacity building from the more advanced and willing international partners.”
According to Abdullahi, the development of the Nigerian LTS/LT-LEDs complied with the Paris Agreement Article 4.19.
“The article invites countries to formulate and communicate ‘long-term, low greenhouse gas emission development strategies’ or long-term strategies and support the achievement of low-carbon and climate-resilient societies.
“The Nigerian long-term low greenhouse gas emission development strategy builds on the commitment made by the President at COP26 in Glasgow, UK for long-term decarbonisation by 2060,” he said.
The minister said the recognition of long-term strategies would provide a pathway to a whole-of-society transformation, a vital link between the short-term NDC and the long-term objectives of the Paris Agreement, adding that it would enable countries to avoid costly investments in high-emissions technologies.
He added, “The world is on a pathway to global warming of 1.5C in 2021-2040 and 2C around 2050. A significant gap remains between pledged emission reductions and the reduction required to meet the long-term global goal. The emission gap must be urgently bridged in achieving net zero emissions and long-term global goals.
“Accordingly, we are expected to focus on ensuring a low carbon, climate-resilient, high growth circular economy that reduces current emission level in Nigeria and moves towards net-zero emissions across all sectors of its development in a gender-responsive manner.”
According to a Director at the Department of Climate Change, Dr Iniobong Abiola-Awe, the department and the National Council on Climate Change guide the development of the LTS supported by the 2050 Pathway Platform and coordinated by Natural Eco Capital with the Deep Decarbonisation Pathway Team, working on the quantitative aspects.
She said, “All through the strategic development process, input from all stakeholders is sought to ensure that a participatory process is followed to co-define and ensure ownership of the LTS by Nigerians. Thus, ensure concrete and implementable strategies for Nigeria to achieve zero-emission, and different stakeholders’ engagements have been held since the inception of the elaboration of the LT-LEDS.”