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Net-zero target tops agenda for Lagos 9th climate change summit

By Nneka Nwogwugwu 

Lagos Commissioner for Environment and Water Resources, Mr Tunji Bello, has announced that the state is set to organise its 9th climate change summit.

The summit will take place from Aug. 2 to Aug. 3 in Lagos.

Bello while make the announcement in a press briefing on Wednesday, said that for the government to achieve a robust summit, it co-opted the Organised Private Sector (OPS) from the planning stage to the delivery of the Summit.

He said that the theme of the 2022 edition of the Summit is “Integrating Climate Actions in Lagos State Development; Investment Opportunities and Trade-offs”.

According to him, the theme demonstrates the effect of climate action on the state and how new vistas of opportunities can be developed.

The commissioner said that the state government inaugurated the Lagos State Climate Action Plan at the eighth edition of the summit in 2021.

He said that the projected agenda embedded in that plan was aimed at charting a course towards achieving net zero emissions; that is zero carbon emission in Lagos by 2050.

He added that the state hope to achieve zero carbon emission through the provision of impact oriented actions across various sectors of the economy.

“What this simply means is that we have to accelerate the development of a green economy in the state by exploring innovative climate solutions and mobilizing various resources required to achieve the target,” Bello said.

The commissioner said that the lead paper, titled “Financing Transformative Climate Action for Lagos State”, would be delivered by Prof. Chukwumerije Okereke.

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