Nigeria commits to zero carbon emission by 2060

 Nigeria commits to zero carbon emission by 2060

By Raji Rasak

The Federal Government on Wednesday reiterated its commitment to attaining zero carbon emission by 2060.

Mr Temitope Fashedemi, Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Power, said this at the eighth Nigeria Energy Forum (NEF) opening plenary on Energy Transition for Growth in Lagos.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the theme of this year’s NEF2023 was: “Maximising Energy Transition For Economic Growth.”

The Permanent Secretary was represented by Engr. Ahmad Salihijo, the Managing Director, Rural Electrification Agency.

Fashedemi said the realisation of this goal depended on the implementation of Nigeria’s Energy Transition Plan (ETP) which was launched in 2022.

“As a nation, we would continue to strive toward increasing energy development through legislations, policies and critical projects.

“It is public knowledge that President Bola Tinubu has signed the Electricity Act, 2023.

“The implementation of the Act would greatly accelerate the sustainable exploitation of our abundant resources in meeting our electric power demands for industrialisation and economic growth,” he said.

In his keynote address, Mr Will Stevens, the United States Consulate General in Lagos, said Nigeria is one of the key participants in the US Department of energy’s global initiative.

“On the energy transition to a net zero world, there are more opportunities for partnership and expanded cooperation.

“Nigeria holds 33 per cent of the African continents total gas reserves with the potential to ensure sustained supply of natural gas across sub-Saharan Africa.

“Nigeria could provide natural gas for the entire continent if the necessary financing infrastructure and partnerships are in place,” he said.

Ms Inga Stefanowicz, Team Leader, Green and Digital Economy, European Union Delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS, in her message said they are currently preparing a package of initiatives and infras investments for Nigeria to further boost on and off-grid energy solutions

“As Team Europe, we are currently preparing a package of initiatives and infrastructure investments further boosting on-and off-grid energy solutions.


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