‘Nigeria has embraced renewable energy sources to achieve zero carbon emissions’
The Chairman of the Board of the Alliance of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Associations, Prof. Abubakar Sambo, said Nigeria is endowed with renewable energy sources to meet its net zero emissions target. carbon by 2060.
Speaking at the alliance’s first national conference in Abuja, Sambo noted that Nigeria’s energy transition plan, presented at the November 2021 Glasgow climate change conference, indicated that Nigeria would achieve net zero emissions. carbon emissions by 2060 through increased use of gas and solar energy. For alimentation.
He said Nigeria is very well endowed with renewable energy resources and opportunities to harness them for the benefit of Nigerians.
However, he explained that Net Zero Carbon Emission does not mean stopping the use of fossil fuels.
“This means that during the transition, fossil fuels can be used, but emissions must be absorbed through a number of techniques such as establishing a circular carbon economy and developing forest plantations which have been proven they have long served as effective carbon sinks.”
In his opening speech, just before declaring the conference open, the Minister of Energy, Engineer Abubakar Aliyu, said President Muhammadu Buhari was committed to achieving Net Zero by 2060, adding that the projection is not ambitious because we have to catch up with other countries.
“President Buhari came in 2015 and saw that we were left behind, now we had to redouble our efforts. All the projections here, we have the strength and the means if we unite as a country.
“Our main challenge is how to finance these projects and I see these challenges as business opportunities for people to come and bring the finance.”
In his goodwill message, the Deputy Ambassador of the German Embassy in Nigeria, Martin Huth urged Nigeria to work towards diversifying its energy sources.
Huth said Germany stands ready to help Nigeria improve its access to electricity through various programs on climate change and renewable energy, such as the Nigeria Energy Support programme.
“So what we really need to work on is a long-term strategy that involves renewable energy, clean energy in the short term, medium term and a long term vision to go beyond gas and move solar and wind power and of course hydrogen and in the end become self-sufficient.”