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The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) is determined to curb carbon emissions in its operations in line with the global Paris agreement of December 2015.

The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources and Group Managing Director of the Corporation, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu gave this assurance on Saturday during a one-day implementation workshop of the Oil and Gas Sector inputs to Nigeria’s Nationally Determined Contributions at the NNPC Towers in Abuja.

Kachikwu who was represented by the Chief Operating Officer Corporate Services, Mr. Isa Inuwa, said the time has come for all hands to be on deck to combat climate change and unleash actions and investment towards low carbon emissions, resilient and sustainable future as was agreed by 195 nations in Paris last year.

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In a statement issued on behalf of the minister by the Group General Manager Group Public Affairs Division, Mal.

Garba Deen Muhammad, he said: “The New Climate Treaty puts an end to the strict differentiation between developed and
developing countries under a common framework that commits all countries to put forward their best effort to curb Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions and to strengthen such efforts in the years ahead.”

According to him, the Paris agreement requires that all parties report regularly on their emissions reduction status, implementation efforts and a readiness for international review.

He disclosed that the Paris agreement is a universal legal instrument under the United Nations which opened for signature this month, April 2016, and will come to force in January 2020 once the first 55 parties, covering at least 55% of global emissions have signed up.

Kachikwu noted that a proven way to reduce Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions in Nigeria’s Oil and Gas operations is to capture the otherwise flared gas and use it for productive purposes within the economy under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM).

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