At COP28 Summit, Tinubu Commits Nigeria to Ending Gas Flaring

At COP28 Summit, Tinubu Commits Nigeria to Ending Gas Flaring

*Unfolds bold agenda for a greener Nigeria with roll-out of 100 electric buses

*Challenges US, China to do more for earth
*$1bn new grants mobilised since COP27, says Kerry

Deji Elumoye in Abuja

In line with the global push to halt methane emissions, President Bola Tinubu has expressed his government’s commitment to end gas-flaring in the country.
He also unfolded a bold agenda for a greener Nigeria with the roll-out of 100 electric buses aimed at a sustainable and eco-friendly future for the country.
This is coming as the United States Special Envoy on Climate, John Kerry, has announced that over $1 billion in new grants has been mobilised since COP27 in Sharm el-Shiekh, Egypt.


President Tinubu made the declaration yesterday at the ongoing United Nations Climate Conference (COP28) summit on methane and other non-greenhouse gases in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE).


President Tinubu, who shared the platform with the President of COP28, Dr. Sultan Ahmed al-Jabar; the United States Special Envoy on Climate, Kerry, and the Chinese Envoy on Climate, Xie Zhenhue, told the global leaders that Nigeria has already imposed heavy penalties for defaulters.
Praising the leadership of the UAE for the drive to reduce greenhouse gases, the president said he was aware of the need for participants to make commitments to the goal of limiting the earth’s temperature increase by the end of the century.


His words: “Sitting here in this room, I know that we have to commit ourselves. We have been doing so before today. We are committed to critical steps to reduce methane emissions by ensuring gas flaring is eliminated. There is a huge penalty for that. There is equally a huge incentive to do so.
“The measures that are taken here are a welcome development, no doubt about that.


“I am with the leadership of the UAE for the commitment shown so far.
“We are consolidating on gas export, usage domestically, and export to other countries. I can assure you that we will be partners in progress to achieve renewable energy.
“We are committed to an energy mix; we are providing cooking gas for our large population. We will continue to do that.
“We have signed off on the reduction of methane. We will leverage new technology and we hope that the two giant nations and the Emirates will be able to help us,” Tinubu explained.


The President pointed out that the world’s biggest economies, the US and China, are the biggest culprits in greenhouse emissions, stressing that the earth needs urgent healing.
While expressing delight that both countries were represented at the summit, he said: “What I know of Africa is the fact that de-risking in additional investment and technological knowhow is very necessary and the largest economies that have benefitted immensely should do more real fast because the earth needs healing and needs more attention.”


Speaking earlier, Sultan al-Jabar stressed that the efforts being made prove that success is possible in the objective of limiting the earth’s temperature.
He observed that the elimination of all CO2 gases can be done with the necessary cooperation and hard work on the part of the countries.
Also speaking, Kerry announced that over $1 billion in new grants has been mobilised since COP27 in Sharm el-Shiekh, Egypt.
He expressed happiness that more countries have made methane pledge endorsements.


According to him, “Earlier today the United States finalised standards to sharply reduce methane emissions from oil and gas operations. And those efforts will achieve a nearly 80 per cent reduction and is planning a rulemaking review.
“We, the United States, are planning a rulemaking review on methane emission standards for landfills. The United States and the European Union launched a global methane pledge two years ago in Glasgow, with 100 countries joining.


“At COP 27 in Sharm el-Sheikh, we were able to grow the list of endorsements to 150 countries. I’m pleased today to announce new global methane pledge endorsements from Angola, Kenya, and Romania. And I’m particularly excited that Turkmenistan Kazakhstan joined yesterday and Kosovo President Costco is here to join today. We’re working to turn the pledge itself into action.
“Over 86 countries covering well over half of emissions have national methane action plans in place and we are engaging with our partners to develop them. And we are launching exciting new initiatives and partnerships including lowering organic waste or low methane to support some national waste reduction efforts around the world.”


According to him, President Biden had launched the methane finance sprint at the April 2023 major economies forum he hosted at the White House to raise $200 million to help us go forward.
“Well, I’m very pleased to announce today that the United States, the European Union, other governments, philanthropies, and the private sector significantly exceeded that target. And together, we have mobilised over $1 billion in new grant funding since COP27 for methane which has more than tripled previous annual methane grant funding.


“And then we will leverage the score in project investment. And these funds are going to support cutting methane emissions across all sectors with a focus on low- and middle-income countries.
“As part of this effort, we have a group of oil and gas companies that have stepped up and decided to take a leadership role in helping to deal with this job on a local basis.”


Meanwhile, President Tinubu also yesterday declared that Nigeria is taking a significant step towards a sustainable and eco-friendly future by introducing a pioneering initiative to deploy a fleet of 100 electric buses.
The president spoke at a high-level meeting with stakeholders and investors on the Nigeria Carbon Market and Electric Buses Rollout Programme in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on the sideline of the COP28 climate summit.


President Tinubu explained that the strategic initiative is aimed at significantly reducing Nigeria’s carbon footprint and modernising the country’s transportation systems as part of a larger effort to position Nigeria and Africa as the pioneering frontier of green manufacturing and industrialisation with a focus on natural gas as a transition fuel alongside other renewable energy sources.


To spearhead this transformative plan, the President announced the appointment of the Executive Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Mr. Zacch Adedeji, and the Director-General of the National Council on Climate Change (NCCC), Mr. Dahiru Salisu, to co-chair the Nigeria Carbon Market Activation Plan.


”This initiative stands as a testament to our dedication to environmental stewardship as clearly exemplified through our collaboration with the Africa Carbon Market Initiative. Our visionary plan is a strategic guidepost, directing Nigeria towards becoming an investment-friendly destination for carbon market investments.
He assured prospective investors that the initiative transcends being a mere pilot project.
”As we unveil our initiatives, I challenge other nations to emulate our strides in mapping out their sustainable futures with a clear understanding that Africa is a beacon of innovative solutions to climate-related challenges.


”Nigeria’s plans for a greener and cleaner economy can serve as an inspirational narrative for nations worldwide. Our comprehensive approach, rooted in visionary leadership and pragmatic action supported by our technical partners, is poised to become a blueprint for countries aspiring to also develop and catalyse their markets for sustainable growth,” the President further said.
Earlier in his remarks, FIRS Chairman, Adedeji acknowledged the visionary leadership of President Tinubu as the guiding force behind Nigeria’s commitment to harnessing its vast carbon potential.
Adedeji pledged the full commitment of the committee to drive the implementation of efficient policies and frameworks to achieve sustainable carbon market growth.

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