Nigeria has launched an energy transition plan to achieve universal energy access by 2030 and a carbon-neutral economy by 2060 in order to combat poverty and climate change.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, speaking at the global launch on Wednesday, said the plan was designed to address energy poverty and the climate change crisis, as well as to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG7) by 2030 and net zero by 2060.
He stated that the plan is intended to lift 100 million people out of poverty, reduce Nigeria’s carbon footprint, drive economic growth, and create jobs.
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According to Osinbajo, “climate change threatens crop productivity in regions that are already food insecure, and because agriculture provides the greatest number of jobs, reduced crop productivity will worsen unemployment.”
The vice president added that it is time for Nigeria and the African continent to take ownership of transition pathways and design climate-sensitive strategies that address peculiar growth objectives.
Osinbajo noted that Africa’s increasing energy gaps require collaboration to take ownership of the continent’s transition pathways, adding that the action should be decisive and urgent.
He highlighted the significant scale of resources required to attain both development and climate ambitions, saying Nigeria would need to spend $410 billion above business-as-usual spending to deliver its Transition Plan by 2060, which translates to about $10 billion per year.
“The average $3billion per year investments in renewable energy recorded for the whole of Africa between 2000 and 2020 will certainly not suffice,” Osinbajo said.
He disclosed that Nigeria is “currently engaging with partners to secure an initial $10 billion support package ahead of COP27 along the lines of the South African Just Energy Transition Partnership announced at COP26 in Glasgow.”
Nigeria Country Director for World Bank Shubham Chaudhuri said it plans “to commit over USD 1.5 billion towards the Energy Transition Plan on renewable energy, on power sector reforms, on clean cooking, and wherever opportunities arise.”
CEO of Sun Africa Adam Cortese said Nigeria’s Energy Transition Plan has accelerated our efforts to prove that Nigeria will be a fertile ground for investments in the sector.
“We are in the final stages of discussion with US EXIM Bank on a USD 1.5 billion financing package,” Cortese said.