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Burkina Faso joined the Climate and Clean Air Coalition in 2019, committing to strengthening national measures to reduce short-lived climate pollutants. Its work with the CCAC focuses on reducing emissions from the largest sources in the country, including transport, municipal solid waste, agriculture, industry, and the energy sector.
Burkina Faso has signed the 1985 Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer and the 2001 Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants.
Regulations affirming the right to a quality and healthy environment, including clean air, include Law No. 2013- 406/PRES within Burkina Faso’s Environmental Code, as well as various other laws on atmospheric pollution under the Public Health Code, the Public Hygiene Code, and the Urbanism and Construction Code. This legislative body allows the control of pollution sources and the punishment of violations. Decree No. 2001-185/PRES/PM/MEE sets standards for air, water, and soil pollution.
In 2015, Burkina Faso released the Renewable Energies National Action Plan for the period of 2015-2020/30 following the adoption of the Economic Community of West African States’ (CEDEAO) Renewable Energies Policy (PERC) in 2012. It identifies the sun, biomass, and water as principle renewable energy sources and wind energy as a source for future exploration. Over 80 percent of Burkina Faso’s energy supply is derived from biomass, which is the main energy source for approximately 90 percent of households.
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