Get serious about global warming, African leaders advise — World — The Guardian Nigeria News – Nigeria and World News

African governments have been urged to follow the word and revise their commitments to global change by leveraging green economic opportunities to drive increased demand for electric vehicles, solar panels and batteries, among others, produced with minerals critics, some of whom come from the mainland. .

This was highlighted during an interactive section to unveil a three-country report, “Assessing Climate Change, COP26 Commitments in Africa: Case Studies from Nigeria, South Africa and Uganda” , who was informed by the need to review the climate commitments of African countries. ahead of the 27th meeting of the Conference of Parties (COP27) taking place in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt.

Executive Director of Corporate Accountability and Public Participation Africa (CAPPA), Akinbode Oluwafemi, who emphasized a people-centred just energy transition, observed: “Africa bears the greatest burden of climate change, even if it contributes less than 3% of global emissions. .

“We are all witnessing climate-induced flooding in Nigeria, Chad, Benin Republic and neighboring Cameroon. South Africa has also had its unfair share of flooding which has led to mudslides and hundreds of deaths.

“The recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report predicts that these crises will continue and likely displace half of Africa’s 1.4 billion people by 2030 unless something is done urgently”.

The report was written by CAPPA, the Uganda-based African Energy Governance Institute (AFIEGO) and the South African Climate Action Network (SACAN), with support from the Collaborative Group on Climate Emergencies (CECG) and presented to journalists in Lagos.

Oluwafemi noted, “As signatories to the Paris Agreement, African countries, just like their northern partners, should carry out certain national activities to reduce emissions that cause climate change.

“These activities known as Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) are reviewed every five years. At COP26 in Glasgow, parties reiterated their commitment to implement these commitments and pledged more. While all 54 African countries signed the Paris Agreement, the African Development Bank (AfDB) noted that most of the NDCs submitted by African countries were hastily drafted and did not consider long-term effects .

He said: “Among other findings, the report notes that while there is increased awareness of the urgent need to act on climate change in Africa, significant impediments in the race towards a clean energy transition and a carbon-free society continue to stifle real progress.

“For example, the economies of many African countries are currently on life support due to rising public debts and economic contractions induced by the post-coronavirus pandemic which have combined with other stressors to hamper efforts. aimed at achieving the Sustainable Development and Climate Goals. The report examined the underlying factors that hinder the feasibility of climate commitments and proposed solutions.

The document advised African administrations to remove barriers to renewable energy technologies on the continent, such as import tariffs, make the initiative accessible and affordable to most of the energy-poor population, in addition to removing the support for carbon-intensive projects, such as Dangote. refinery and petrochemicals and Uganda’s EACOP, which will lock Africa into fossil fuels.

Other recommendations include the protection of workers and communities; harness the ability to leverage financial support to finance Africa’s climate ambition; the African Group of Negotiators calling for $1.3 trillion a year from 2025; abandon false solution schemes, such as carbon exchange schemes and gas; increase education and awareness of climate change; ensure the protection of human rights by integrating the protection of human rights into climate change mitigation and adaptation actions, as well as by encouraging social dialogue with communities, the media and society society to negotiate Africa’s energy transition imperatives.

Teresa H. Sadler