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Nigeria has been a Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) partner since 2012. As a country with an agriculturally-based economy, widespread food insecurity, and where the effects of climate change are already evident, reaping the multiple benefits of short-lived climate pollutant (SLCPs) mitigation is critical.
In 2019, Nigeria’s National Action Plan to Reduce SLCPs was approved by the National Council of Ministers. The plan hopes to advance SLCP mitigation efforts across sectors and the country while also implementing standards to monitor and evaluate them. The 22 priority measures the plan identifies would result in an 83 percent reduction in black carbon emissions by 2030 and reduce methane emissions by 61 percent. These measures would simultaneously reduce other air pollutants, including nitrogen oxides, particulate matter, and carbon dioxide which means they could result in an overall reduction in air pollution exposure of 22 percent by 2030. This would not only have a meaningful effect on public health, saving an estimated 7,000 people from premature death due to air pollution by 2030. It would also increase crop production, vital for the 3 million Nigerians who are food insecure.
In 2019, the National Environmental Standards Regulations and Enforcement Agency (NESREA) began working to halve air pollution by ensuring environmental compliance and enforcement. Following the ranking of Nigeria as the 4th most polluted country in the world, the Director General of the agency, Professor Aliyu Jauro, stated at the 9th regulatory dialogue on the Implementation of National Environmental Regulation in Abuja that the agency proposes to assess the level of implementation of air pollution regulation.
On the first International Day of Clean Air for blue skies on 7 September 2020, Nigeria became the first African nation to join the BreatheLife Network. “Nigeria’s ambitious National Action Plan to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants can deliver real health benefits to Nigerians through improved air quality, while helping Nigeria meet its international climate change commitment,” Director of Public health, Federal Ministry of Health, Dr. U. M. Ene-Obong.
Nigeria joined the Global Methane Alliance in 2019 (along with Cote D’Ivoire) at a high-level meeting hosted by the CCAC and the United Nations Environment Programme. Countries who join the alliance commit to absolute methane reduction targets of at least 45 percent by 2025 and a 60-75 percent reduction by 2030, though this depends on their oil and gas industry and overall methane emissions. To achieve these goals, the CCAC is helping to improve data collection through methane science studies as well as initiating peer-to-peer regulatory support.
“As a full-fledged member of the Global Methane Alliance, we are fully committed to our ambitious actions to significantly reduce methane emissions in the oil and gas sector by 2030, as reflected in our Nationally Determined Contributions, and call on all other state and non-state actors to join the Alliance towards achieving its laudable objectives,” said Dr. Muhammad Mahmood Abubakar, Nigeria’s Minister of the Environment, recently at the United Nation’s Climate Change Conference, COP 25.
The CCAC is also supporting the Clean Air Task Force (CATF) and Carbon Limits Nigeria to mitigate methane in the country’s oil and gas sector. This work includes adding these reductions to their Nationally Determined Contributions by analysing how best practices for methane mitigation can be adapted for the Nigerian context, improving the methane emissions inventory for the oil and gas sector, and directly supporting regulatory development.
The first part of the event features the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) work that promotes ambitious and directed inclusion of agriculture and food systems in enhanced NDCs...
The Federal Executive Council of Ministers approved in May 2019 Nigeria’s National Action Plan to reduce short-lived climate pollutants. This plan, developed by the the Federal Ministry of...
The UNEP Denmark Technical University Partnership (UNEP DTU) on behalf of CCAC, facilitated the South-South Learning Exchange workshop focused on clean energy (lighting and cooking) end...
As part of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition’s National SLCP Planning Initiative (SNAP), Nigeria has prepared a National Action Plan to reduce SLCPs. The country is motivated to undertake the...
The report describes the peer-to-peer exchange, supported by the Climate and Clean Air Coalition’s Solution Centre in October 2016, between a group of RUWES women and Project Surya...
SNAP Factsheet for Nigeria
An emissions model for HFCs in Nigeria based on the information and materials generated in an earlier country review of HFC consumption supported by the CCAC.