COP26: UK Commits to Supporting Lagos, Other Cities Transit to Acquire Zero by 2050


Michael Olugbode in Abuja

The UK (UK) executive has acknowledged its dedication to wait on Lagos and other increasing cities and regions most impacted by local climate alternate to hunch their transition to procure zero

This dedication turn into once made the day past at the Cities, Areas and Built Atmosphere Day at the continued COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland.

The Urban Local climate Action Programme will work with cities including: Africa: Addis Ababa, Accra, Nairobi, Lagos, Johannesburg, Tshwane, Dar es Salaam;

·Asia: Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Quezon Metropolis; and Latin The usa: Bogotá, Medellín, Guadalajara, Mexico Metropolis, Lima

The dedication turn into once made at a novel multi-million UK Urban Local climate Action Programme launched the day past to wait on increasing cities lower their emissions and develop sustainably.

UK as COP26 Presidency, known as on cities and regions internationally to commit to procure zero emissions by 2050 and the decarbonizing of the enviornment’s urban buildings, that are guilty for spherical 40 per cent of world emissions, an crucial in combating local climate alternate

An announcement issued by the UK Excessive Price in Nigeria stated the UK executive has launched the novel Urban Local climate Action programme (UCAP) to wait on the cities and regions in increasing countries most impacted by local climate alternate to hunch their transition to procure zero.

The commentary stated backed with £27.5 million of novel UK executive funding as share of the UK’s Global Local climate Finance dedication, the programme will wait on cities across Africa, Asia and Latin The usa to consume action to address local climate alternate and salvage a sustainable future, by serving to them to change into carbon neutral by 2050 and prepare low-carbon infrastructure tasks.

The commentary stated the programme will wait on cities like Lagos, Nairobi, Kuala Lumpar, and Bogotá make low-emission public transport methods, renewable vitality generation, sustainable destroy management, novel local climate-easy buildings codes and local climate risk planning.

The commentary celebrated that up to now over 1,000 cities and regions internationally- over a fifth of the worldwide urban inhabitants – like committed to slashing their emissions to procure zero by 2050 and Lagos is if truth be told one of them.

It stated with a rising inhabitants and as if truth be told one of essentially the most inclined coastal cities, Lagos will salvage wait on to implement its low-carbon, inclusive and local climate resilient urban pattern plans by UCAP.

The commentary read: “As of late, as share of the UN COP26 local climate summit’s Cities, Areas and Built Atmosphere Day in Glasgow, the UK has known as on cities yet to manufacture commitments to step up and design a procure zero target that will wait on protect the areas the attach aside people are residing and work, future proofing the enviornment for future generations.

The UK Business and Energy Minister Lord Callanan, turn into once quoted to like stated: “From our homes and workplaces to our cities and cities, the buildings we’re residing in are a normal share of our day to day lives, nonetheless additionally a necessary source of world emissions.

“That’s why at COP26 at present time we’re calling on cities, regions, governments and corporations to salvage the 2nd and design valorous procure-zero targets as we work collectively as a world community to discontinuance our contribution to local climate alternate.”

The commentary recalled that the enviornment’s urban buildings, including homes, workplaces, colleges and hospitals, are guilty for spherical 40 per cent of world carbon emissions, raising the worry that by 2050, 1.6 billion people residing in cities will be on a typical foundation uncovered to extremely high temperatures and over 800 million people residing in cities internationally will be at risk of sea diploma rises and coastal flooding, while emphasizing that accelerating the transition to procure zero emissions for the enviornment’s cities will therefore be crucial to achieving the goal of keeping global warming to prevent to 1.5º.

The UK’s Deputy Excessive Commissioner in Lagos, Ben Llewellyn-Jones on his share, stated: “The inhabitants of Lagos is projected to double by 2050, and the hunch and scale of urbanisation may maybe well just lock in high-carbon infrastructure and inequality if we attain now not act now.

“Lagos has persevered to force action at scale to address local climate alternate and protect people’s livelihoods. And, I am delighted that the UK’s novel programme will present priceless wait on to the allege for sustainable snort, give a pick to resilience to local climate risks, and pick up a greener future for generations to attain.”

The UCAP is anticipated to follow on from the flagship Local climate Management in Cities programme, which turn into once funded by the UK and has efficiently supported megacities in Latin The usa and Asia to make ambitious local climate action plans per the Paris Settlement – including increasing pathways to procure zero by 2050 and committing to ambitious period in-between targets by 2030 to wait on 1.5 degrees close by.

The commentary added that because the first critical financial system to legislate to attain procure zero emissions by 2050, the UK is already taking action to address emissions from the constructed atmosphere sector, as heating for homes and workspaces makes up nearly a third of all UK carbon emissions, lowering these emissions is crucial to achieving the goal of procure zero by 2050.

It celebrated that by the recent Heat and Buildings and Acquire Zero Techniques, the UK executive has design out how the UK will deploy the low-carbon technology wanted to decarbonise homes, workplaces and public spaces.

To deal with emissions from the broader constructed atmosphere, the UK executive is investing £3.9 billion by the Public Sector Decarbonisation Intention, the Dwelling Upgrade Grant plan, Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund, Boiler Upgrade Intention and Heat Community Transformation Programme.

The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) Minister Eddie Hughes stated: “Acquire zero presents a staunch opportunity as we diploma up across the UK – turning in novel green jobs and talents and boosting local financial snort.

“Many local areas are already taking action and we continue to work very closely with them to meet our local climate alternate commitments.

“We are additionally taking action to cut the CO2 emissions of all novel fabricate homes by at the least 75% from 2025 beneath the Future Properties Standard, and by 31% by an enchancment in building standards later this one year.”

The transition to procure zero will force levelling up across the nation while supporting communities against a greener future – providing alternatives for financial snort and turning in novel green jobs for local people.

Recognising the urgency to address local climate alternate by speedily lowering Carbon Dioxide emissions, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on behalf of Lagos Command had signed up to the Zero Emission Vehicles Joint Assertion.

He stated: “Lagos Command considers Acquire Zero an crucial and commits to changing public transport autos to electrical as well to embracing solar and other neat vitality sources. We must plod sooner.”

The UK Authorities, by its Financial Sector Deepening Africa pattern Programme and FMDQ, signed a Memorandum of Working out with the Lagos Command Authorities in September, 2021, to mobilise green financing by potential of the capital markets to wait on the Command Authorities’s initiative to manufacture a sustainable and resilient megacity. The UK is additionally at display working with the Command Authorities to manufacture a pipeline of green infrastructure tasks by our portfolio of programmes. The announcement complements existing technical assistance to promote honorable, cheap and sustainable mass transport in Lagos, particularly our Future Cities Nigeria programme.