Net-Zero Emissions: Osinbajo, Former UK Prime Minister Say Gas Is Transition Fuel

Net-Zero Emissions: Osinbajo, Former UK Prime Minister Say Gas Is Transition Fuel

  • The COP26 summit is scheduled to hold in Glasgow, Scotland, from Sunday, October 31 to Friday, November 12
  • The summit will bring the global community together to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change
  • A virtual panel discussion before the conference proper afforded VP Osinbajo to outline Nigeria's expectations at the summit

FCT, Abuja - A few days to the commencement of the COP26 holding in the United Kingdom, Nigeria's expectation is that more developed countries will change the direction of the conversation around energy transition in favour of Africa at the global summit, according to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN.

Osinbajo stated this on Thursday, October 28 at a virtual panel discussion on “A Just Transition: Balancing Climate Mitigation with Africa’s Development,” organised by the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change.

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VP Osinbajo has been very consistent in his calls for global conversations around climate issues to favour the African continent. Photo credit: Aso Rock Villa
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With him on the panel were the President of Tanzania, Samia Suluhu Hassan, the former British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, and the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, Dr. Vera Songwe.

Talking about the expectations, Osinbajo noted that conversations at the forthcoming conference in Glasgow, Scotland, must be tilted in favour of Africa, saying:

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“The conference will be an opportunity to engage and change the direction of the current conversation especially as it affects Africa.
“It is an opportunity to talk, to engage, and I think that we really need to engage. I think we need to just change the direction of the conversation especially as it affects Africa and then talk in concrete terms about what the implications of net-zero emissions by 2050 or whenever will mean for Africa and the world.”

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Earlier in his submissions, Blair called for a new partnership with Africa on Climate Change, noting that:

“It is going to be necessary to use gas as a transitional fuel, and doing that is essential, not only for development, but also for the environment.”

He said the partnership will also:

“Help put the projects for clean energy and development in Africa on an investable footing. When people invest in Africa, the rates of returns are very good and the risks are not as great as people think they are.”

Aligning his thoughts to views expressed by Blair, Osinbajo said:

“It is an important forum to talk about what we really could do in concrete terms.
“I really like the idea of a new partnership with Africa on Climate Change because a lot of the conversations going on about climate change are over the heads of many of us in Africa because the issues that concern us are not on the table.”

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Osinbajo Speaks at UN Energy High-Level Event in London had earlier reported that VP Osinbajo got a rousing welcome and interaction on Friday, October 8 at the United Nations Energy High-Level event held at the Imperial College, London.

At the event, the Nigerian vice president spoke on the global net-zero emission target and the need for a just, equitable energy transition, especially for developing countries.

Osinbajo also held a closed-door meeting with Alok Sharma, the British cabinet-ranked president-designate of the forthcoming UN Climate Conference COP26 holding at the tail end of this month through the early days of November in Glasgow, Scotland.

VP Osinbajo says Nigeria Will Overcome Its Present Challenges

Meanwhile, VP Osinbajo has expressed optimism that Nigeria will overcome its present challenges.

Osinbajo stated this on Saturday, October 9 during an interactive session with top officials of Nigeria’s High Commission in the United Kingdom, held at the Abuja House residence of the High Commissioner in London.

He said citizens at home and in the diaspora should promote the message of one country, noting that the country is better as one.


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