SANWO-OLU UNVEILS CLIMATE ACTION PLAN (CAP) TO COMBAT CLIMATE CHANGE CHALLENGES

As Governor flags off Lagos State 8th International Climate Change Summit

 

The Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Tuesday unveiled the State Climate Change Action Plan that will set out and develop a Policy for combating the challenge of climate change in the state.

Speaking at the flag-off of the 2day Lagos State 8th Climate Change Summit held at Lagos Continental Hotel, Victoria Island, he added that the document reflect the targets and goals of the Paris Climate Change Agreement.

The Governor said the state has a rich assemblage of projects being undertaken to address the Climate Change and fasttrack the attainment of zero carbon goal.

He said public transport reform is planned to reduce the number of personal vehicles on the roads, by providing efficient alternatives in the form of low-emission buses and rail connections. adding that owners of personal vehicles are encouraged to shift to low-emission versions as well.

He explained that composting, Recycling, Waste-to-Energy are just a few of the
strategies the government is focusing on to improve the quality of waste
management.

He added that there are significant opportunities to roll out off-grid solar systems for public schools, hospitals and other government facilities in the energy sector.

Sanwo-Olu also urged individual homes to move from fossil fuel generators to solar systems, saying that multiple seemingly-modest interventions successfully implemented across a wide variety of sectors will add up to substantial positive impact in terms of climate change adaptation and
mitigation.

“It has therefore become imperative that we address the pertinent
issue of climate change because of its pivotal impact on key economic areas like agriculture, health, sustainable socio-economic development, as well as enduring peace and security in our society” he said.

He said the updated Climate Action Plan revealed that the three main areas
of threat to zero-carbon ambitions in Lagos State are energy,
waste and transport which are the focus at the Summit.

He emphasized that this year’s Climate Change Summit is a greater call to action as the world is at a point where climate change is no longer a theoretical threat, but a very real phenomenon playing out before everyone

He said according to Geospatial World, the year 2020 was adjudged to be
the worst year in terms of climate change, saying the world experienced a series of extreme climate events such as deadly flash floods in Jakarta, Indonesia, Storm Gloria in Spain, and a drought in Chile.

He said the foundation laid by his predecessors, under whom the work of developing a Climate Action Plan and launching a Climate Change Summit began have been successful in building on the strong legacy of the past which includes the annual Tree Planting Exercise.

He noted that the goal now is to extend the awareness to the entire populace to imbibe the culture of climate awareness in their homes, workplaces and lifestyles.

He said four days ago, precisely on World Environment Day, the
United Nations Secretary General reiterated the fact that the world
faces an environmental emergency, which may lead to deprivation
of food, water and other necessary resources needed to survive.

He stated that the onus is on everyone to collaboratively do everything necessary
to save the environment, to mitigate the adverse effects of climate
change and to make the planet more pristine and liveable.

He said Lagos is the first State in Nigeria to have developed a CLIMATE ACTION PLAN to help achieve an
emission-neutral city by 2050, adding that the emergence of this updated Plan
establishes Lagos as a national leader.

The Governor commended the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group
which Lagos State signed up for in 2018, saying the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group has helped Lagos
update the Climate Action Plan in line with prevailing realities.

In his welcome address, the Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr Tunji Bello said Climate Change was one of the defining challenges in recent times adding that receding forests, biodiversity loss, changing rainfall patterns, drought, increase in dust storms, increase in temperatures and rising sea levels are climate change effect that has been affecting human development in all parts of the world.

He expatiated that the Lagos international Climate Change Summit since inception had become a melting pot for researchers, investors, academicians and stakeholders in the environment and economic sectors.

It is one where notable decisions and actions are taken, adding that this edition will be reviewing an adaptation of some previous themes that project the States intention on projects and programmes that are climate change compliant.

Bello said studies have shown that Year 2050 will be significant for the world, especially developing country hence something drastic and urgent has to be done.

“It has been postulated that about 215 Million Urban poor in 495 developing cities will be vulnerable to extreme heat, million others will be exposed to other climate risks including sea level rise, flooding and Water Scarcity. Climate Change impacts has also been predicted to reduce crop yields by at least 10% thereby leading to food scarcity” he said.

Giving a summary of the Action plan, the Permanent Secretary, Office of Environmental Services, Mrs Belinda Odeneye highlighted how the Action Plan relates to the vision of Lagos State adding that it has been broken down into four sectors namely Waste, Transport Energy and Climate Adaptationj Resilience.

She said in the next 5years the state will implement waste separation sources as well as implement physical spatial development plan that will encourage low emission development.

The Governor later unveiled the Climate Action Plan while being assisted by his Deputy, his wife, the Speaker and some other dignitaries present.

Signed
Kunle Adeshina
Director (Public Affairs)
MOE&WR
June 8, 2021