Nigeria Commits to Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions with Climate Pledge

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H.E. Muhammadu Buhari, President of Nigeria, has committed to reducing the country’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 20% in 2030. The pledge aligns with other industrialized nations efforts and is set to rise to 45% subject to international support.

The pledge follows the signing into law of the country’s first climate bill after the United Nations Climate Change Conference of Parties 26 in Glasgow in 2021. Having also set an ambitious net zero target by 2060, the bill commits to reducing GHG emissions and setting regular carbon budgets – the first of which will be announced by Q4, 2022, detailing one-year and five-year emissions reduction targets.

Nigeria’s climate bill comprises the establishment of a National Council on Climate Change, which will be led by H.E. President Muhammadu, ministerial representatives, the National Security Advisor, and the Central Bank Governor.

Through the passing of the climate bill, the commitment to net zero by 2060, and the pledge to reduce emissions by 20% by 2030, Nigeria is leading the way towards a clean energy future in Africa.

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Keletso Moilwe

Keletso Moilwe

Keletso Moilwe is a Content Intern at Energy Capital & Power. She holds an Honours Degree is Geography and Environmental studies and is currently pursuing her Masters Degree at the University of Cape Town.

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