Events, regardless of their size, are a major source of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and sustainability impacts.
With the aim of facilitating green events and designed to assess the sustainability performance of events, the Gulf Organization for Research and Development (GORD), the secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC ) and the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) have developed an online Green Events Tool (GET).
This platform was first launched at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland, in 2021.
The GET online portal was launched at a virtual ceremony held on September 14, 2022, marked by the presence of representatives of GORD, the secretariat of the UNFCCC.
Dignitaries speaking at the event included Dr. Yousef Alhorr, Founding Chair of GORD, Ms. Isabella Marras, Senior Program Officer for Inter-Agency Affairs, UNEP, and Mr. Connor Barry, Manager, Engagement Branch, Secretariat of the UNFCCC.
Addressing the audience at the launch event, Dr. Alhorr said: “Last year at COP26, together we introduced this forward-thinking solution to the world.
As COP27 approaches, we are proud to deliver on our promise and offer a comprehensive solution aimed at greening events globally.
Between COP26 and now, GET has undergone extensive test drives by various organizations and event organizers.
The fact that the portal is ready in less than a year after the initial launch is a testament to the dedication and commitment of stakeholders to climate action and sustainability.
“The GET web portal has been developed through a transparent and highly process-focused approach.
And while its planning and development have required years of research and hard work, the intrinsic value of GET lies in simplifying the arduous processes required to assess and improve the sustainability profiles of events,” added Dr. Alhorr.
With the GET online portal now accessible to the public, organizations can work toward their climate change mitigation goals by making their events greener.
The platform helps event organizers to systematically assess the GHG emissions profile and sustainability impacts of the proposed event at the planning stage, to design mitigation activities, and to transparently report the actual sustainability impact and emissions.
of GHG resulting from its events.
GET-supported events go through a comprehensive evaluation framework that covers aspects related to venue construction, venue operation, flight, ground transportation, communication, audiovisual systems, production and exhibition, accommodation and the restoration.
Mr Barry of the UNFCCC said: “Born as a project to help the UN system plan and deliver more sustainable events, the Green Events Tool has evolved to become an instrument available to all stakeholders globally.
We hope it will help reduce the impact of the events we all offer, and we look forward to user feedback to continue improving and expanding it.” Ms. Marras from UNEP said: “The United Nations system is firmly committed to reducing its climate and environmental footprint and to aligning itself with the UNFCCC recommendations to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees.
Events are a key part of how the UN operates and fulfills its mandates.
For this reason, the EEG is a vital tool in helping the UN system meet its commitments and reporting responsibilities.
Beyond increasing environmental sustainability, encouraging the use of virtual or hybrid events has the additional benefits of increasing inclusion, accessibility, and gender equality.
We are excited that this tool is now available to organizations in the UN system and beyond.” The central objective of the GET is to encourage actions to reduce the negative impacts of events, including their carbon footprint, in the planning and implementation stages.
This is achieved through the documentation of activities that impact aspects of sustainability and GHG emissions, and the calculation of GHG emissions (carbon footprint).
It also enables transparent reporting of the calculated carbon footprint and actions to address sustainability; third-party verification process (optional but recommended) to receive a sustainability rating; and recommend the use of high-quality carbon credits to offset unavoidable GHG emissions.
The recently released Country Climate and Development Report (CCDR) for the G5 Sahel region estimates that up to 13.5 million people across the Sahel could fall into poverty due to climate change-related shocks to 2050 if urgent climate adaptation measures are not taken.
The Sahel region is particularly vulnerable to land degradation, experiencing more extreme droughts, floods and other impacts caused by climate change.
Three of the G5 countries (Chad, Niger and Mali) are among the seven countries most vulnerable to climate change and their ability to adapt is significantly limited by poverty and fragility.
“Climate change is severely affecting people and undermining hard-won development gains.
Analysis shows that it is deepening cycles of poverty, fragility and vulnerability across the Sahel,” said World Bank Vice President for West and Central Africa Ousmane Diagana.
“With the population projected to double to 160 million people in the next 20 years, Sahelian countries must accelerate growth and prioritize climate adaptation if they are to reap the demographic dividend and put the region on a growth path.
sustainable and inclusive.
The G5 Sahel countries combined contribute less than 1% of global greenhouse gas emissions, and all five countries have committed to achieving net-zero emissions by 2050.
In addition, Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali and Niger pledged in the COP26 in Glasgow to halt and reverse forest loss and land degradation by 2030.
Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement and additional estimates in the CCDR show that More than US$30 billion is needed in the G5 Sahel countries for climate actions.
The Report also shows that the damage caused by climate change can be significantly reduced.
“There are significant opportunities for more resilient development in the Sahel,” says Clara de Sousa, World Bank country director for Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali and Niger.
“This diagnostic provides a roadmap to help countries scale up reforms and investments to diversify their economies in a more resilient and inclusive way.
It provides pathways to greening these economies by restoring degraded lands and driving economic opportunity for communities through programs like the Great Green Wall Initiative.” Across the region, millions of people are at risk of or already experiencing food insecurity as a result of lower-than-expected agricultural production due to climate shocks, rising insecurity and rising food prices.
The food security crisis in the Sahel region is expected to deteriorate further in 2022.
Social protection programs and agricultural landscape initiatives to adopt effective resource management practices and increase the use of adaptive technologies could be scaled up to mitigate the impact of the food security crisis and help the agricultural sector become more climate resilient in the medium term.
All five countries are developing Adaptive Social Protection systems to provide cash transfers and regular services to the poorest and most vulnerable households, enabling them to cope and adapt to future climate-related shocks.
The report provides further policy recommendations to advance development and adaptation in five specific sectors or areas: Institutions, Financing and Risk Mitigation, Energy, Landscapes (including water, environment and agriculture) and Cities.
Over the past three years, the World Bank Group has provided a record level of financial resources to the G5 Sahel countries as part of its strategy to address fragility, conflict and violence, with $8.9 billion from the International Association of Development (IDA).
However, the climate crisis combined with post-COVID-19 economic recovery needs, growing insecurity and food security crises, as well as the effects of the war in Ukraine on global food, fertilizer and energy prices, require increased support from the international community.
World Bank Group Country Climate and Development Reports The World Bank Group Country Climate and Development Reports (CCDRs) are new core diagnostic reports that integrate climate change and development considerations.
They will help countries prioritize the most impactful actions that can reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and drive adaptation, while meeting broader development goals.
The CCDRs are based on rigorous data and research and identify the main pathways to reduce GHG emissions and climate vulnerabilities, including the costs and challenges, as well as the benefits and opportunities of doing so.
The reports suggest concrete priority actions to support the low-carbon and resilient transition.
As public documents, the CCDRs aim to inform governments, citizens, the private sector and development partners and enable commitments to the climate and development agenda.
The CCDRs will feed into other Bank Group core diagnostics, country commitments, and operations, and help attract funding and direct financing for high-impact climate action.
"Africa has enough resources to power itself entirely on clean energy.
So the question for most of the continent is not to transition to clean energy or reduce emissions in power generation, but how to effectively finance development."
of clean energy in the continent.
Kellie Murungi Director of Investments, East African Power Each year, the Africa Tech Festival (https://bit.ly/3Uj7v5I) addresses some of the most pertinent and pressing issues facing the socio-economic future of the African continent and the role that technology and communications' plays to facilitate this progression.
One of the hottest topics to be tackled is climate change, and with the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer on September 16, there's no better time than to look under the hood and see what's on offer at the event.
of this year.
There have been rumors from scientists about the dangers of products and appliances to the ozone layer for many years.
Toiletries such as aerosol sprays and shaving creams, as well as pulsating products such as refrigerators and air conditioners, all of which were believed to be causing damage to the ozone layer, were lined up as possible public enemies.
As with most warnings from the scientific community, everyone ignored it until the theory came true in 1985, when a hole in the ozone layer was detected.
With the planet's natural sun shield now compromised, the world (particularly the corporate world) was forced to redesign aerosol cans, foam cans, refrigerators, and air conditioners.
The industry acted quickly, including adapting factories, waste systems and recycling practices, to ensure they were ready for the rafts of regulations that would follow.
One of the most important was the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, which entered into force on September 16, 1987.
The Montreal Protocol was an important declaration of intent by world leaders and marked a turning point unprecedented turning point in the history of environmental protection.
and was ratified by every country in the world in 2008.
These changes have also had an impact in helping with the next big challenge facing our planet: global warming.
One industry that has expanded massively since the humble "low-tech" days of the 1980s is the electronics and communications industry.
Whereas in the 1980s perhaps one in three households in the industrialized world had a personal computer, for example, today that figure has potentially risen to two or three screens per person per household or more.
The global warming impact of all this production of display-based equipment is potentially huge, not to mention the energy required to power it.
The ICT sector has traditionally been a significant contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, with data centers, for example, contributing 2% of global GHGs. The sector therefore also has real potential to play a role in combating climate change and taking steps to reduce energy consumption and operate more sustainably.
Consequently, Africa Tech Festival will organize a Fireside chat: What is the role of green ICTs in the fight against climate change, on Tuesday, November 8, and one on Green ICTs: building a continent powered by sustainable energy as a route towards affordable and reliable electrification for all.
The fireside chat will raise the central question of how the ICT sector can seek to reduce its own significant impact on greenhouse gases.
The panel will discuss best practice ways to reduce carbon emissions, as well as the potential impact of smart grids and smart cities in reducing Africa's carbon emissions.
Regarding clean energy development in Africa, Kellie Murungi, Chief Investment Officer of East African Power, notes that: "Africa has enough resources to be completely powered by clean energy.
So the issue for most of the continent is not transition to clean energy or reducing emissions in power generation, but how to effectively finance clean energy development on the continent."
A keynote address at AfricaCom, entitled 'How carbon reduction can accelerate the creation of a digital economy', will highlight the big question for the African continent, which is how governments can help tackle climate disaster without affecting the basic needs of their people.
"Although Africa may still have many challenges on its way, there are also many opportunities for rapid advancement if the right questions are asked, such as how the continent can get ahead of the curve and co working across countries to build financially viable energy projects, for example.
instance,” says James Williams, Director, Events | Connecting Africa | Information technology.
“Africa's economic future depends on the rapid development of ICT and related infrastructure across the continent, but it is essential that all future projects and implementations are in line with global best practice in terms of greenhouse gas emissions” Williams adds.
"Our hope is that AfricaCom will play a major role in connecting entrepreneurs, large corporations and major public sector players to create local innovations that can help drive these changes."
Also worth attending: Tuesday 8th November 2022, 14:00 - 14:45 Panel: Africa's future must be powered by renewables Although sub-Saharan countries (excluding South Africa) are only responsible for 0.55% of the carbon emissions, 7 of the 10 countries most vulnerable to climate change are in Africa.
This session will explore how the continent can harness its breadth of resources to become a leader in renewable energy production and reduce its vulnerability to the effects of climate change.
Tuesday, November 8, 2022, 14:45 - 15:30 Fireside Talk: Championing Sustainable Energy as a Pathway to Affordable and Reliable Electrification for All and as a Central Pillar of Africa's 4IR Wednesday, November 9, 2022, 12:50 - 13:15 Fireside Chat: Central Africa's role in the green energy revolution Central African countries have some of the lowest rates of access to electricity on the entire continent with resources in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, for example, which cover less than 10% of the population.
However, given the climate, it is an ideal region to implement clean energy solutions to combat climate change and meet the basic needs of the population Wednesday, November 2022, 6pm-8pm Africa Tech Festival Awards, with the announcement of the winner of the Green ICT Champion of the Year Award, an exclusive recognition to the leading person or organization in the development and integration of sustainable energy solutions.
To view the full AfricaCom 2022 calendar program please visit https://bit.ly/3xqxmi9 More information can be found on the Africa Tech Festival website here (https://bit.ly/3QM3JhW) FREE delegate passes are available Available here (https://bit.ly/3QKqhj5) MEDIA: Use this link (https://bit.ly/3xnnhT2) to sign up for accreditation and advance news about announcements, etc.
The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the U.
S. on Tuesday, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), on Agriculture Innovation Mission (AIM) for Climate.
Speaking at the event in Abuja, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr Mohammad Abubakar, said that food security was both a fundamental objective and expected outcome of development policies in Nigeria.
” Food security is currently both a fundamental objective and an expected outcome of development policies in Nigeria; as the country currently faces a challenge in nutrition requirements,” he said.
Abubakar said that the AIMS for climate objectives were in line with the objective of the Ministry of Agriculture which is contained in the National Agricultural Technology and Innovation Policy (NATIP) policy document.
” To show the importance of the sector, agriculture is one of the five sectors selected to implement Nigeria’s Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC).
” The sector by 2030 is expected to achieve potential Green House Gas (GHG) emissions reduction by 74 million tonnes (NDC implementation action plan for the agricultural sector) through Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) and reforestation measures,” he said.
He said the development of organic farming and promotion of organic manure composting for farmers was one of the CSA activities implemented by the ministry.
The Minister also made it known that the Ministry has been able to embark on CSA activities, which included establishment of Pilot Demonstration on Agroforestry, and Farmers’ Managed Natural Regeneration (FMNR) .
” Also, Conversation for Agriculture for Improved Food Security and Livelihood,” he said.
Abubakar, asked for US intervention to assist the Nigerian agricultural sector to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the distribution of biofortified drought and flood tolerance seeds, and others.
Another area of intervention the minister is the improvement in genetics of the dairy herd and the upscale of CSA profiling to other States in the country.
The minister said there was need for intervention in agricultural GHG estimation and accounting at national and sub-national levels for adequate mitigation planning.
Earlier, the US Special Envoy on Climate Change, John Kerry, expressed concern over the devastating effects of climate change, which Nigeria is also facing in the agricultural sector and others.
He said something needed to be done to mitigate the impact which neccessiated AIM climate in US.
” The AIM for climate is innovation mission for Climate, it is Initiative we started in the United States with the United Arab Emirates.
” In 2023, the United States will host the climate ministerial, that is next spring, and we are going to be proud to invite Nigeria to be there taking part in that meeting.
” And we are very happy to have the leadership of Nigeria at the table in Africa and globally, as AIM for Climate continues to grow and define itself.
” So we think this really exciting work ahead of us.
We welcome the partnership of Nigeria in the separate.
” Thank you for being ready to sign this agreement and we look forward to working with you,” he said.
Maritime experts on Tuesday sought regulatory framework to innovative technologies that would enhance maritime security and green shipping in Africa.
They said that the regulation would ensure Africa tomeet modern shipping trends and maintain eco-friendly operations.
The experts made this known at the ongoing 2022 Lagos International Maritime Week (LIMW), with the theme, ‘New Technologies for Greener Shipping in Africa’, organised by Zoe Maritime Resources Ltd. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that green shipping is when people or goods are transported through ships, using minimum resources and energy as possible, to protect the environment from the pollutants generated by the ships.
Speaking in a lecture, Mr Kunle Folarin, Chairman, Nigerian Ports Consultative Council (NPCC), said the introduction of technologies would enhance the shape of a greener marine environment.
Folarin said that safety, security, global health and well being of those working on the seas and ports.
He added that Africa flags vessels not less than 15 to 25 years which are continuously susceptible to high age, related effects and operate in second quailing fuel use.
“Investment to replace and rebuild them with new technologically driven tonnages is not feasible.
To achieve a new order of things requires enforcement of regulation and inspectorate by local maritime administration.
“The failure of safe, secure, cleaner and greener marine, environment will be against a greener shipping in Africa,” he said.
Folarin noted that the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) in curbing carbon footprint of international shipping, planned for 50 per cent reduction in annual Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from ships by 2050; with implications for ships’ fuel use and operational efficiency.
“The shipping industry is dynamic, and the growing demand for the urgency to take measures for reducing the carbon footprint is substantial.
“The increasing standards made by the IMO have triggered research and development of “green” technology for the shipping industry.
“The shipping industry has to create and apply innovative measures in order to comply with the new regulations,” he said.
He said that mandatory marine and shipping world was changing and that the application of digitisation and technologies was the way to go.
“Africa must join the league of those innovations in order to be relevant in global trade and marine,” he said.
Also, Mrs Emmanuelle Bllatmann, Ambassador of France to Nigeria said that the conference had put ecology on the agenda to see how to move towards greener footprint of the shipping industry.
According to her, it is the repeated major natural disasters, more than the energy crisis, must trigger the change for the shipping industry, as a big energy consumer.
“In France, the French private sector has moved forward: three years ago, 10 French shipowners and the Italian shipowner Grimaldi signed a charter called the SAILS Charter, for sustainable actions for innovative and low-impact shipping.
“It aims at drastically reducing polluting emissions and at protecting the marine environment.
Also, in February 2022, President Macron hosted the One Ocean Summit in Brest to promote the Blue Economy.
“And the presence of Nigeria at this major international event was particularly appreciated as an African leader for the development of the Blue Economy in West Africa,” she said.
She added that the introduction of new patterns, both innovative and economically viable, could only be achieved if maritime routes where seafarers and goods ply are secured.
“To this end, the GHG can count on the Coordinated Maritime Presence scheme, (CMP) that ensures the presence of navies in the area on behalf of the EU and also the French Navy, which are important stakeholder of the CMP initiative,” she said.
Earlier, Mrs Oritsematosan Edodo-Emore, Chairman Zoe Maritime Resources Ltd., noted that every new technology thrived on existing infrastructure, adding that maritime infrastructure was no exception.
According to her, the new technologies that will sustain environmentally friendly shipping in Africa will dwell on maritime infrastructure, but unfortunately maritime infrastructure has worsened in Nigeria.
The LIMWEEK is a programme set apart to be a solution provider to the maritime challenges facing Africa and Nigeria in particular,
FY22) to help countries address climate change.
This is contained in a statement obtained from the World Bank website by the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday in Abuja.
According to the statement, this is a 19 per cent increase from the $26.6 billion all-time high in financing, reached in the previous fiscal year.
“The Bank Group continues to be the largest multilateral financier of climate action in developing countries.
” The statement quoted World Bank Group President, David Malpass, saying: “In our last fiscal year ending June 2022, we provided a record $31.7 billion to countries, to identify and enable high-priority climate-related projects, as part of their development plans.
“We will continue providing solutions to pool funding from the global community for impactful and scalable projects, that reduce GreenHouse Gas(GHG) emissions, improve resilience, and enable the private sector.
” According to the statement, financing for climate action in FY22, which covers July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022, has reached 36 per cent of total Bank Group financing.
It said that this figure exceeded the target set in the Group’s Climate Change Action Plan for 2021-2025, to deploy an average of 35 per cent of the institution’s financing in support of climate action.
The statement indicated that International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) and International Development Association (IDA) together delivered $26.2 billion in FY22 in climate finance.
“Nearly half of the money, which is $12.9 billion, specifically supported investments in adaptation and resilience.
“International Finance Corporation, the private sector arm of the World Bank Group, delivered an unprecedented $4.4 billion in climate finance and mobilised an additional $3.3 billion from other sources.
” It said that the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), the World Bank Group’s political risk insurance and credit enhancement arm, delivered $1.1 billion in climate finance.
The statement stated that as part of its ongoing effort to help countries integrate climate and development objectives, the Bank Group recently launched some Country Climate and Development Reports (CCDRs).
It said CCDRs are a new core diagnosis to help countries prioritise the most impactful actions that could reduce GHG emissions and boost adaptation.
According to the statement, a summary of the preliminary findings of these reports will be published in the coming months, to foster action-oriented discussion in the global community.
Hydrocarbons remain a necessary part of the global energy mix.
Unlocking Uganda's fossil fuel resources will help meet its development needs, and even reduce emissions.
With the world now virtually unanimous on the need for more sustainable energy solutions, the idea of exactly what these solutions should be is becoming clearer.
African energy players are pointing out that their countries are at a very different stage of their development journey compared to industrialized nations.
For this reason, meeting the needs of its people while reducing emissions will be completely different in Africa.
The conventional wisdom that hydrocarbons are the worst “dirty energy” solution is inaccurate.
In Uganda, where basic energy needs are often met by cutting down trees, improving access to energy from fossil fuels would reduce the carbon footprint.
Africa's role in global carbon emissions is minuscule.
The Director of Environment, Health, Safety and Security at the Uganda Petroleum Authority, Dr. Joseph Kobusheshe, points out that Africa, the second most populous continent and home to around 20 percent of the world's population, is responsible for only 3 percent of global CO2 emissions.
As a country, Uganda suffers from energy poverty.
In the absence of a large industrial sector and universal access to electricity, most of the country's greenhouse gas emissions are caused by deforestation.
In the decade between 2005 and 2015, the country's carbon emissions nearly doubled from 53 to 90 million tonnes, says Dr. Kobusheshe, with forest degradation and deforestation primarily responsible for the increase.
According to Uganda's first biennial update report 2019 for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Uganda's agriculture, forestry and other land use (AFOLU) sector is responsible for 86% of greenhouse gas emissions.
greenhouse gases (GHG) in the country.
For this reason, Uganda's most effective approach to reducing its carbon emissions is to focus on the use of traditional wood-burning stoves.
The interventions of the Ministry of Water and Environment seek to achieve a 25 percent reduction in GHG emissions by 2030 by replacing conventional stoves with improved stoves.
Interestingly, Dr. Kobusheshe says that further reductions will be achieved by developing the country's oil and gas resources to produce liquefied petroleum gas (LPG).
“The production of LPG from the country's oil and gas resources and its use both in the country and in the region will significantly reduce the reliance on wood fuel, which is responsible for massive deforestation in Uganda,” says Dr. Kobusheshe.
To increase the use of LPG, the Government, through the Ministry of Energy and Mining Development (MEMD), is promoting the collection of LPG to replace firewood and has launched an initiative to distribute one million gas cylinders and accessories LPG in the next five years.
The Minister of Energy and Mining Development, Hon. Ruth Nankabirwa Ssentamu launched the free distribution of LPG cylinders and accessories in July 2022.
The reliance on wood fuel underscores the massive underdevelopment and energy poverty faced by Uganda and many other African nations.
When commercial quantities of oil and gas resources were confirmed in Uganda in 2006, the country seized the opportunity to resolve and get its people and economy out of this trap of underdevelopment.
Uganda plans to commercialize its oil and gas resources in two ways: the development of a 60,000-barrel-per-day refinery at Hoima and a 219,000-barrel-per-day capacity.
Uganda intends to market its oil and gas resources through two channels: the gas resources emanating from the Tilenga and Kingfisher projects.
They produce an estimated total of 1.4 billion barrels of oil.
The East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP), as it is known, will also export oil to international markets.
The project has sparked vociferous protests from environmental groups, including one that disrupted TotalEnergies' AGM in Paris earlier this year.
The Government of Uganda, however, insists on its right to commercialize its energy assets for the benefit of its people following the highest environmental standards available.
“EACOP is one of the avenues by which Uganda plans to commercialize its oil and gas resources,” says Clovice Bright Irumba, Director of Exploration, Uganda Petroleum Authority, before asking the question: “Is the world ready for a halt?
fossil fuel exploration and development?
Irumba concludes that the answer is no.
It cites figures from the BP Energy Outlook for 2022, where for net-zero carbon scenarios, the average annual investment in renewable energy is projected at US$500-US$800 billion, while before Covid-19 the average annual investment in renewable energy solar and wind ranged between US$250 and US$300 billion.
"The world is still far from closing that gap by 2050," says Irumba.
Irene Bateebe, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development, Uganda, says developing countries must be treated differently and fairly when it comes to energy transition issues.
“We cannot be put on the same scale as developed countries.
It is unrealistic for anyone to expect an African state to move from biomass use to advanced renewable technologies."
“In Uganda, 80 percent of the population uses firewood.
We must be allowed to transit in recognition of where we are today.
For us, it's about fairness regarding access to electricity and other energy sources and fairness,” says Bateebe.
The war in Ukraine has only exacerbated the situation.
Clearly understanding this, global oil and gas companies have expanded development projects across the globe.
The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company announced in May 2022 three new oil discoveries estimated at more than 650 million barrels.
Equinor has announced a new oil discovery in the Barents Sea. The UK's North Sea Transition Authority has identified 33 new oil and gas projects with a target of producing 1.3 billion barrels.
President Biden has issued a large number of oil drilling permits in the United States, but he is still facing an energy crisis.
The global agreement appears that upstream fossil fuel development is vital to meeting the planet's energy needs.
Pipelines are also the accepted means of doing so.
Al Jazeera recently reported that at least 2,381 oil and gas pipelines were operating worldwide in 162 countries.
Of these, the US has the longest pipeline network (91,067 km for oil and 333,366 km for gas), followed by Russia, Canada, and China.
The proposed EACOP pipeline would cover a stretch of 1,433 km, about 0.1 percent of the world's pipeline network.
Pipelines are an accepted method of transporting the hydrocarbons still needed to meet the world's energy needs.
Stringent environmental and safety standards now protect communities and minimize weather and other mining operations.
Uganda Upstream proposes to minimize environmental impact by drilling up to 15 wells from a single well pad and by equipping buried pipelines with leak detectors and valves to automatically shut down in the event of anomalies.
No flaring or venting of oil or gas will be permitted during normal operations.
In general, projects fall into the "low emission" category.
“The government has put in place a strong political, legal and institutional framework, along with a compliance monitoring and enforcement framework to ensure that oil and gas activities co-exist with the environment and social well-being of communities,” he writes.
Perhaps ironically, the oil and gas industry appears to be part of the solution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Uganda.
While the EACOP project has drawn the ire of environmentalists, the country remains committed to unlocking the same bounty of hydrocarbons that meets the needs of other countries.
Many emerging African energy players perceive this spirit of responsible energy sovereignty.
The sector meets in October at the Africa Oil Week. “Until renewables become more efficient, reliable and affordable to provide the necessary energy security, the world is not yet ready to stop fossil fuel exploration and development,” says Dr. Kobusheshe.
Africa Oil Week (www.Africa-OilWeek.com) is extremely proud to announce Hon. Ruth Nankabirwa is once again ready to attend the African Oil Week. The Minister of Energy and Mineral Development of the Republic of Uganda, who is also a member of the Africa Oil Week Power List 2021 Founding Cohort: Pan-African Women Leaders in Energy, will attend the premier oil and gas event taking place in the heart of Cape Town. Organized by Hyve Group Plc., Africa Oil Week is the home of the African upstream, and this unmissable event will bring together the main energy stakeholders from 3 to 7 October in Cape Town under the theme: Sustainable growth in a low carbon world.
Ahead of Bro. Ruth Nankabirwa in attendance, Africa Oil Week Vice President for Energy and Government Relations Director Paul Sinclair made the following remarks.
Africa Oil Week is honored to have the Hon. Ruth Nankabirwa is attending the African Oil Week, Home of the African Upstream, from October 3-7 in Cape Town. The Ugandan government has been especially balanced and thoughtful about how they balance fossil fuels and environmental health, while contributing greatly to regional and global energy security.
Uganda's energy mix is dominated by renewables; hydropower accounts for more than 80%, and solar and wind power are playing a growing role in this mix.
Uganda is the perfect case of a well-run government that has shown that it can move in parallel, and wants to move in parallel, with all stakeholders around energy development to protect economies, industries, create jobs and respect the climate change challenge.
An Optimal Mix of Energy Development and Environmental Protection Hon. Ruth Nankabirwa has helped shape one of the most advanced government policies that takes into account the key issue of protecting the environment while developing crucial natural resources.
Her support in promoting a balanced dialogue on energy security and environmental protection in harmony is highly valued at Africa Oil Week. The Ugandan government is using gold standard carbon management strategies to protect the environment, while also using energy development resources to help create a brighter future and lasting value for its society.
Access to energy and energy security are arguably the most important drivers of economic growth for industry and attraction of investment.
While the West has mobilized and industrialized thanks to the resources of emerging markets, Africa itself has yet to capitalize.
The East African Regional Economic Community has an energy deficit which is a clear obstacle to economic growth, yet it has the gold standard carbon and natural resource management policy to enable both upstream development and environmental protection.
This just means that Uganda can positively impact the lives of its people and the East African community will positively impact lives by creating wealth and creating jobs as the region moves towards energy security and economies.
of average income.
So the question remains, if global demand holds up as we transition, why can't countries with strong carbon management strategies benefit?
This is not a case of one shoe fits all.
Industrialized economies have long benefited from Africa's natural resources.
They benefit from high levels of energy access and rank high on the global HDI due to Africa's resources.
So if Africa respects carbon management and ensures that risk to the environment is balanced against sovereign revenue, why should Africa not be the responsible supply base of choice for global demand as we make the transition?
A call for unification There is a critical need for aligned voices in the energy debate: there is no longer any room for polarization.
We can and must come together to uphold energy security with a united and balanced approach to usher in a safe transition.
Uganda has shown that it can protect and grow its economy, create jobs and contribute to social development and poverty eradication while recognizing and understanding the importance of protecting the environment.
In a recent article, Dr. Joseph Kobusheshe, Director of Environment, Health and Safety Management at the Uganda Petroleum Authority, explained the need for a rational balance between facts and emotions.
He stated: The term 'energy transition' has been widely used to refer to the shift from the use of fossil fuels including oil, gas and coal, which are the main sources of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, to renewable energy sources.
such as solar, wind, hydroelectric and geothermal energy.
In light of that fact, it must be accepted that the transition will take time.
Precisely because it is not a quick transition, an energy mix with oil and gas included is mandatory.
By this logic, oil and gas development is simply not up for debate.
Instead, we should be lining up to find solutions to decarbonize while using oil and gas during the transition.
Oil and gas are here to stay at least for the short term; therefore, it is the opinion of Africa Oil Week that Africa must remain at the table of supply and demand.
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Leaders of some Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) have lauded the Federal Government for appointing Dr Salisu Dahiru as pioneer Director-General of the National Council on Climate Change.
The CSOs, in a statement made available to journalists on Wednesday, also expressed their delight that the Federal Government considered their calls for the implementation of the Climate Change Act. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that in recent weeks the campaigners were persistent in their demands.
The CSOs leaders and participants at a virtual workshop in July, had expressed the need for the federal government to establish the National Council on Climate Change.
Their call was made in order to boost implementation of the Nigeria Climate Change Act, which was signed into law in November 2021 by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Amid calls by youth groups for the commencement of the law’s implementation, the workshop was followed by the submission of a petition signed by 64 groups to relevant government agencies.
The campaigners, who urged government to immediately implement the climate law, also expressed their dismay over the delay by the government in implementing the core provisions of the Act. However, government took a major decision to signpost the beginning of the implementation of the Climate Change Act with the appointment of Dr. Salisu Dahiru as pioneer Director-General and Chief Executive Officer of the National Council on Climate Change.
Consequently, Prof. Chukwumerije Okereke, the President of the Society for Planet and Prosperity (SPP), said he was delighted that the government has listened to the message sent by leaders of Nigerian CSOs and NGOs to urgently implement the Climate Change Act. Okereke is also the Director of the Centre for Climate Change and Development (CCCD) at Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Abakaliki, Ebonyi.
Okereke led the Technical Committee set up by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, to review the bill.
Also Nnaemeka Oruh, National Coordinator, Global Legislators Organisation for a Balanced Environment (GLOBE), Nigeria, lauded what he called coordinated campaign by stakeholders on the matter.
“I would say that the coordinated campaigns by civil society, the media, youth advocates, the international community especially the British High Commission, and of course by the National Assembly especially Rep. Sam Onuigbo, played a critical role in this.
“This is a win for Nigeria and an important step” he said.
Dr Mina Ogbanga of the Centre for Development Support Initiatives (CEDSI Nigeria), described the development as `a strong step in the right direction’.
Ogbanga acknowledged the step as one that would cascade our climate change ambitions unto actualisation.
She said that “the strategic advocacy of civil societies contributed in no small way to the government taking this step.
“As an organisation, we have continuously called for the implementation of the Climate Change Act as part of Nigeria’s contribution to safeguarding its citizens against the harsh realities of climate change impact.
“It is our hope that the composition of the National Council will meet all best practice standards to accomplish this very strategic step,” she said.
Abdulhamid Hamid, the Chief Executive Officer, Global Environmental and Climate Conservation Initiative (GECCI), said that the call for the government to implement the Climate Change Act “was very effective”.
He said: “We now know that the government is taking it seriously.
Therefore, with this good development on the appointed DG of the Council, we are still expecting for its urgent implementation.
“The Climate Change Act also includes provisions for members of the public and private sectors, as well as civil society, women, youth, and people with disabilities.
“It empowers the Council with significant powers to coordinate national climate actions, administer the newly established Climate Change Fund, mobilise resources to support climate actions, and collaborate with the Nigerian Sovereign Green Bond in meeting Nigeria’s NDC.
“The Climate Change Fund is envisioned as a financing mechanism for prioritised climate actions and interventions.
“The promotion and adoption of nature-based solutions to reduce GHG emissions and mitigate climate change is encouraged.
“The terms of the agency’s being given funds to start implementing work, and all those involved in the act should be called to be included in the implementation work that will begin as the law provides.
” Similarly, David Terungwa, Founder and Executive Director of the Global Initiative for Food Security and Ecosystem Preservation (GIFSEP), said that the delay in the implementation of the Act was uncalled for.
He said: “While we commend the appointment of the Director General, it is important to state that the long delay in the implementation of the Climate Change Act was not necessary.
“Considering its importance it took a push and campaigns by civil society organisations and other stakeholders before the appointment of the Director General.
“Now that we officially have less than seven years to act to keep global warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius (1.5°C), as agreed in the 2015 Paris Agreement, urgent action is required more than ever before to deal with the increasing risks of climate change across the globe.
President Muhammadu Buhari signed the Climate Change Bill into law in November 2021. The Act reaffirms the federal government’s aim to cut current emissions by 50 per cent by 2050 and achieve net zero emissions as early as possible in the second half of the century (net zero target for 2050 to 2070).
Oando Clean Energy rolls out 3,000 electric buses by 2030 Oando Clean Energy rolls out 3,000 electric buses by 2030 Energy By Fabian Ekeruche Lagos, Aug. 4, 2030 Oando Clean Energy says it will be partnering with the Lagos State Ministry of Transportation to roll out 3000 electric buses by 2030. The Executive Vice President Oando Clean Energy, Mr Ademola Odunbanjo, disclosed this at the ongoing ninth edition of the Lagos Climate Change Summit on Wednesday in Lagos.
The News Agency of Nigeria ( reports that the two-day event is titled: “Integrating Climate Actions in Lagos State Development: Investment Opportunities and Trade-offs.
” Odunbanjo spoke on the topic: De-carbonising via Innovative Clean Energy.
He said that Oando would be experimenting on different energy mix to come out with an affordable green energy for consumers, mobility and industry.
According to him, buses that are powered with hydrogen will not be profitable.
“Not as the fares that we pay today.
They’re not cost effective.
“And we also can’t pass it on to the consumer.
“So we will roll out about five hydrogen powered buses when the plants are ready.
It will run at a loss we know, but we’ll do it still anyway, because we must prove the concept and attract investment, particularly development funds.
Odubanjo said that statistics showed that before 2020, industries contributed 40 per cent to Green House Gas (GHG) emissions, while transportation contributed about 17 per cent.
He said that industry activities and mobility were activities of humans which released carbon into the atmosphere, thereby causing climate change.
“All of these things speak to the activities of humanity.
“Industry speaks to the consumption of humanity .
”Because the climate change conversation is about human consumption.
What do we consume, how do we consume and that’s the primary conversation.
He said that Nigeria was the fourth largest contributor of GHG emissions in Africa.
He said that although Nigeria was fourth largest contributor, Lagos was the largest contributing city.
“This means that Lagos probably accounts for 50 or 40 per cent of GHG emissions for Nigeria.
“Unfortunately, data has shown us that Nigeria has gained the most, over 98 per cent between 1990 and 2020. ”So our trajectory for emissions is going up, it is not slowing down.
” Odunbanjo said that while industries led the global average of GHG emissions in developed economies of the world, transportation took the lead in Nigeria.
“It means that we go to a lot of places where we don’t produce a lot of things.
Industry leads the global average.
“Transportation leads Nigeria’s average, that’s not good news.
If it was industry leading, we would at least say that we are a producing economy; all we just have to do is look at how we power industries.
“It also means that as a country, mass transit system is so powerful.
” Odunbanjo said that for us to decarbonise mobility, there was the need to expand mass transit system where everybody did not feel the need to put their vehicles on the road.
“We can all get on buses, trains and trams.
And we’re comfortable in there.
“When we visit England, I’m sure we don’t drive in England.
“Not because it’s right hand drive only but because the public transport system works for you,” Odunbanjo said.