G20 Brazil: Nigeria Commits to Clean Energy Transition and Climate Action

Nigeria proudly joins global leaders at the G20 in Brazil to underscore the pivotal role of energy transition in realizing clean, affordable energy access and achieving net zero emissions by 2050.In his remarks the Director General of the Energy Commission of Nigeria (ECN), Dr Mustapha Abdullahi said, "in a world where sustainable energy is the bedrock of economic growth and societal advancement, Nigeria stands firm in its commitment to drive meaningful change.

At the heart of Nigeria's dedication lies the recognition of energy's transformative power. Access to modern, sustainable energy is not merely a luxury but a catalyst for improved healthcare, education, and economic prosperity across urban and rural landscapes worldwide.

Building on the momentum generated at the COP28 Summit in Dubai in 2023, Nigeria aligns itself with global efforts to shift from fossil fuels to renewable sources, fostering a just and equitable transition. The ambition extends to tripling renewable energy capacity and doubling global energy efficiency rates by 2030, signaling a decisive step towards a cleaner, greener future.

As a developing nation, Nigeria acknowledges its disproportionate vulnerability to climate change impacts, despite contributing minimally to global carbon emissions. The urgency for accelerated climate action is paramount, necessitating bold initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate environmental risks.

Central to Nigeria's strategy is the pursuit of a comprehensive Energy Transition Plan, unveiled in 2021, to address energy poverty and climate change while ensuring universal access to affordable energy by 2030 and net zero emissions by 2060. The plan, estimated to require $410 billion in investment, underscores Nigeria's commitment to spearhead sustainable development on the African continent.

However, the journey towards a clean energy future is contingent upon accessible finance, particularly for developing nations like Nigeria. Despite investing a mere 2% of global renewable energy funds between 2000 and 2020, Nigeria remains resolute in its call for inclusive financial mechanisms, such as debt-for-climate swaps, to accelerate clean energy adoption and achieve the objectives set forth in the Paris Agreement.

In conclusion, Nigeria reaffirms its dedication to the collective pursuit of a sustainable, prosperous future, grounded in clean energy innovation and climate resilience. Together, we can chart a path towards a brighter tomorrow for generations to come.

A cross section of delegates from different countries at the Energy Summit.

The Director General, Energy Commission of Nigeria Dr Mustapha Abdullahi in one of the sections at G20 BRASIL 2024 Energy Summit.

The Director General, Dr Mustapha Abdullahi at the G20 BRASIL 2024 Energy Summit.