Zimbabwe aims to cut carbon emissions by 40 percent

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Cooling towers are seen at a coal fired power station in Hwange, Zimbabwe September 28, 2015. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo
Cooling towers are seen at a coal fired power station in Hwange, Zimbabwe September 28, 2015. (REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo)

Zimbabwe has targeted to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent from the current levels by 2050 to prevent disastrous impacts of climate change, Information Minister Monica Mutsvangwa has said.

Zimbabwe is currently emitting 0.05 percent of all greenhouse emissions, lower than it is capturing, the minister was quoted as saying by the Herald newspaper on Thursday.

Zimbabwe has developed the Low Emission Strategy (LEDS) 2020-2050, which identifies mitigation actions to help keep global warming under 1.5 degrees Celsius.

“The Draft LEDS has identified 38 mitigation actions across the four Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change recognized sectors, and implementation of the mitigation actions will result in 40 percent reduction in emissions,” Mutsvangwa said.

The strategy focuses on economic sectors inducing energy, agriculture, forestry and other land uses, industrial processes and products use as well as waste management.

Mutsvangwa said Zimbabwe’s implementation of renewable energy projects and use of more efficient low emission technologies in thermal power plants reflects the government’s commitment towards reduction in emissions.

Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa is expected to attend the UN Climate Change Conference of Parties meeting from October 31 to November 12 in Glasgow, the United Kingdom, where he will present the country’s mitigation measures.

Zimbabwe, like many other countries in southern Africa, has not been spared from the effects of climate change, manifested in either floods or droughts.

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