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US to help Nigeria achieve its 2060 net zero carbon emission goal

The United States Government has praised Nigeria’s Energy Transition Plan towards net zero carbon emissions by 2060, which would see Nigeria utilize its gas resources even more and fund investments into the renewables sector.

U.S. Special Presidential Envoy on Climate Change,  John Kerry, stated that Nigeria ought to benefit from its gas reserves and urged an even more rapid adoption of renewables.

This was disclosed in a statement by Yemi Osinbajo’s office after Kerry met with the Vice President of Nigeria at the Presidential Villa,  this week.

Kerry noted that Nigeria ought to benefit from its gas reserves and urged an even more rapid adoption of renewables, especially electric vehicles, which were certainly the next wave in auto-manufacturing.

Kerry also promised that the U.S. would assist Nigeria with the  expertise to scientifically determine the most appropriate energy mix  toward the goal of energy for all by 2030 and net zero carbon emissions by 2060, without compromising the country’s energy security.

He noted that the US government will assist Nigeria in a bilateral partnership to realise its Climate Change adaptation and resilience capacity, thereby consolidating the nation’s place as a model for other countries on the planet.

Meanwhile, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo mentioned that the  use of gas as a transition fuel will help in stemming deforestation and advancing Nigeria’s broader development goals, citing that other developing countries would also benefit from the adoption of gas as a transition fuel.

He also highlighted the need for Nigeria to continue the exploration and use of gas as a way of arresting deforestation.

He said it would also help in  transiting away from dirtier fuels like diesel, kerosene and petrol, while at the same time ensuring that the country had the necessary energy baseload for industrialisation.

Osinbajo said that  Nigeria had one of the largest gas reserves in the world and should benefit from its exploitation.


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