Nigeria’s National Action Plan to reduce short-lived climate pollutants
The Federal Executive Council of Ministers approved in May 2019 Nigeria’s National Action Plan to reduce short-lived climate pollutants. This plan, developed by the the Federal Ministry of Environment of Nigeria, aims to improve air quality and reduce Nigeria’s contribution to climate change, through 22 specific mitigation measures in 8 source sectors (transportation, cooking and lighting in households, industry, waste, oil and gas, agriculture, power and HFCs). Full implementation of these measures would be effective in reducing SLCPs, with an 83% reduction in black carbon emissions by 2030 compared to a business-as-usual scenario, and 61% reduction in methane emissions. These measures are also effective in reducing other air pollutants, such as nitrogen oxides and particulate matter, and also reduce CO2 emissions. This means that the implementation of these measures could reduce exposure to air pollution across Nigeria by 22% in 2030, while reducing Nigeria’s contribution to climate change.