ICCDI to Launch Series of Net Zero Workshops in Nigeria

The International Climate Change Development Initiative (ICCDI) Africa, known as “Climate”, is about to launch a series of workshops to expand public knowledge about the concept of net zero, by particularly in the context of Nigeria.

This comes against the backdrop of President Muhammadu Buhari’s engagement at COP26 in Glasgow, UK, in November 2021, where he announced that Nigeria, Africa’s largest crude producer, along with some of the world’s largest energy exporters (such as Saudi Arabia and Russia), have pledged to eliminate global warming emissions by 2060.

The practical possibility for Nigeria to reach Net Zero by 2060 and the need in the first place has raised many concerns.

According to Olumide Idowu, co-founder of ICCDI, who added, “Government needs to ensure that there is enough support for companies to make this change with confidence.”

Idowu, who is also the executive director of the African Youth Initiative on Climate Change (AYICC), also expressed optimism about the possibility of a net zero future.

“We use this platform to educate the public on the need to understand that reaching net zero requires a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions across all economic sectors,” he said.

The series of workshops serve as capacity building for Nigerians, detailing what exactly net zero means for the country and whether the pursuit of zero emissions is compatible with Nigeria’s development plans. It will also explore the accountability tools available to measure and compare progress over time.

As part of the project concept, a hybrid workshop on the topic: “How to Build a Net-Zero Campaign Strategy in Nigeria” will be organized. The workshop is aimed at civil society and youth groups, helping to develop online and offline strategies to pilot the ‘net-zero’ project at the local level.

The European Climate Foundation is supporting ICCDI Africa to organize the series of workshops as part of activities to promote climate and energy related policies towards achieving a net-zero greenhouse gas emissions society greenhouse by 2050.

Among other professionals, Professor Chukwumerije Okereke, a prominent Nigerian climatologist and professor of environment and development, will speak alongside Habiba Ahut Daggash, associate of RMI’s Africa Energy programme; Ken Henhsaw, a climate activist; and Ochuko Odibo, environmentalist.

Seyifunmi Adebote, a leading young environmentalist and host of the Climate Talk podcast, is expected to lead this series of workshops.

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