In May 2020, Rwanda submitted a revised, and more ambitious, Nationally Determined Contribution under the Paris Agreement.
This plan, according to President Paul Kagame, reflects Rwanda’s vision to become a developed, low-carbon economy by 2050.
“We also intend to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 38% by 2030, compared to the business-as-usual scenario,” President Kagame said.
The President was speaking at the 2020 Global Climate Ambition Summit on Saturday.
Kagame said Rwanda will achieve this target by increasing efficiency in energy production, industrial processes, waste management, transportation, and agriculture.
Rwanda believes these efforts will mitigate an estimated 4.6 million tons of carbon dioxide equivalent.
“We are also strengthening the resilience of our economy and ecosystems through green urbanisation and nature conservation,” Kagame noted.
He said that nature-based solutions offer the best return on investment, in terms of drawing
down carbon and protecting biodiversity.
Recent advances in renewable energy, including battery technology and clean cooling, provide assurance that it is possible to build net-zero economies.
Rwanda intends to take full advantage of these technologies.
Ambitious action on climate change will make our world more resilient and healthy, and also more prosperous. “We should not miss out on the opportunity.”
“I thank the leaders of Chile, France, Italy, and the United Kingdom for convening this event,” he said
At the #ClimateAmbitionSummit leaders celebrate their shameless loopholes, empty words, distant insufficient goals and
theft of present and future living conditions – calling it "ambition".
There are no climate leaders.
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