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Subsidy removal will reduce carbon dioxide emissions – Shettima

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Vice President Kashim Shettima said on Tuesday that with the removal of fuel subsidy, Nigeria is projected to save over 15 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions in one year.

Shettima said this at the one-day workshop organised by the National Council on Climate Change with the theme “Unpacking the outcomes of the 58 sessions of the subsidiary bodies of the United Nations framework convention on climate change,” organised by the National Council on Climate Change.

Shettima, who was represented by his Deputy Chief of Staff, Senator Ibrahim Hassan, noted that Nigeria was on course to achieve the nationally-determined contribution targets.

“At the onset of this administration, President Bola Tinubu took the bold step to put an end to the petrol subsidy. Preliminary analysis conducted by the National Council on Climate Change on the co-benefits of fuel subsidy removal indicates that there has been about a 30 percent reduction in daily fuel consumption, amounting to about 20 million liters, equivalent to an estimated daily saving of 42,800 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions.

“When projected over one year, it amounts to over 15 million metric tons of CO2 saved, representing about 40 percent greenhouse gas reduction from the baseline projection of 45 million metric tons of total GHG carbon dioxide equivalent by 2030. This places Nigeria on course to achieve our NDC targets ahead of time,” he said.

In his welcome address, the Director General of the NCCC, Dr Salisu Dahiru, said there was a need for Nigeria to prepare adequately for COP28 and other statutory meetings.

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