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Climate Change: Lagos Govt. unveils 5-year Climate Action Plan

By Oluwatope Lawanson / Florence Onuegbu

The Lagos State government on Tuesday unveiled a five-year 2020-2025 Climate Action Plan (CAP) aimed at tackling the challenges of climate change.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu told the State’s 8th International Climate Change Summit on Victoria Island that the CAP aims to achieve the ultimate goal of a zero carbon Lagos.

Sanwo-Olu noted that prior to the 2015 Paris Climate Change Conference, the state government undertook to develop a climate change policy and action plan.

He said the climate change policy and action plan summarized the state’s vision to tackle the challenge of climate change and achieve the ultimate goal of a zero carbon Lagos.

According to him, the state government has managed to update the document to reflect the targets and goals of the Paris Agreement on climate change.

“The product is the ‘Lagos Climate Action Plan: Second Five-Year Plan 2020-2025’.

“I am delighted to let you know that Lagos is the first state in Nigeria to have developed a climate action plan to help achieve an emissions neutral city by 2050. The emergence of this updated plan makes Lagos a national leader.

“Our gratitude goes to the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, which the State of Lagos joined in 2018, and which has helped us update our climate action plan according to the realities of the moment.

“This year’s summit is an opportunity for us to present the new Lagos State Climate Action Plan to the world. Meticulous work has gone into it and we are proud to have been able to provide a solid document, ”he said.

The governor said the updated CAP showed that the top three areas of threat to zero carbon ambitions in Lagos state were energy, waste and transport.

He said energy, waste and transport accounted for 90 percent of total greenhouse gas emissions, hence the summit’s target.

Sanwo-Olu said the summit had, over the years, served as a catalyst for the Climate Action Plan: an elaborate and well-documented document that encompassed what needs to be done to make the state less vulnerable to climate change. , more carbon and more climate resilient.

He recognized the foundations laid by his predecessors, under which the work of developing a climate action plan and launching a climate change summit began.

The governor said successful projects stemming from previous editions of the summit included an annual tree-planting exercise, the development of independent gas-fired power plants, the deployment of a multimodal transportation system across the state, for to name just a few.

“We are now much better able, as a government, to embed climate-friendly thinking into everything we do as a Lagos State government.

“Our goal now is to extend this awareness to the entire population, to bring Lagosians to imbibe the culture of climate awareness in their homes, workplaces and lifestyles.

“We have a rich portfolio of projects underway to tackle climate change and accelerate the achievement of our zero carbon goal, in transport, healthcare, energy, agriculture and waste management.

“Multiple seemingly modest interventions successfully implemented across a wide variety of sectors can and will add to a substantial positive impact in terms of climate change adaptation and mitigation,” he said.

The Embassy of the Swiss Consul General, Thomas Schneider, congratulated Lagos on the unveiling of the Climate Action Plan, noting that the effects of environmental problems know no borders.

Schneider said the call to action needs to be strengthened, given the significant impacts that agricultural land degradation has had on global food security.

He reiterated Switzerland‘s commitment to international conventions and protocols on climate change in its bilateral relations with Lagos. (NAA)

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