On March 17, 2011 senior policy makers and industry leaders met in Abuja to deliberate on pathways towards a low carbon industrial growth for Nigeria. The workshop sought to identify low carbon development opportunities in key industries and identify barriers to increased investments in low carbon technologies.
Participants identified lack of access to natural gas and hydro-powered grid electricity as the main constraint to growth in low carbon industrialisation. They agreed that reforming the energy sector is crucial to expanding low carbon industrial growth in Nigeria. Other important sectors include cement production and textiles.
Participants agreed to set up a multi-stakeholder committee. The committee will examine innovative approaches to incentivise low carbon transition in industries and develop a national strategy to expand industrial productivity. This approach is consistent with Vision 2020 and Nigeria’s international obligations on climate change.
This forum was convened by the International Centre for Energy, Environment and Development in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Federal Ministry of Environment and the Global Climate Network.