President Muhammadu Buhari has reaffirmed Nigeria’s commitment to a safer and healthier global climate by updating the country’s Nationally Determined Contribution to include the elimination of kerosene lighting by 2030, an increase in the use of buses for public transportation, and a reduction in the burning of crop residues (NDC).
On Friday, the president addressed the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate Change in a virtual meeting sponsored by United States Vice President Joe Biden (MEF).
In December 2012, the Federal Government of Nigeria, in partnership with petroleum industry stakeholders, initiated the design of a new strategy to replace kerosene and firewood with Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG), also known as cooking gas.
The National Strategic Policy for LPG envisioned a five-year schedule to phase out kerosene use in the nation.
President Buhari said that a revised NDC to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change had been filed to replace the interim contribution from May 27, 2021.
The president addressed international leaders that Nigeria had joined the Global Methane Alliance in 2019, committing to methane reduction targets of at least 45 percent by 2025 and 60 to 75 percent by 2030. He also stated that Nigeria was establishing national frameworks for article 6 and carbon pricing.
Buhari stated that execution of the measures might lower Nigerians’ exposure to air pollution by 22% by 2030, while also decreasing Nigeria’s contribution to climate change.
“Nigeria is cognizant that its excessive reliance on fossil fuel makes it vulnerable in a world that aims to minimise or eliminate fossil fuel as a fundamental driver of the global economy,” he continued in a statement released by his spokesman on Friday.