Rwanda joins Climate and Clean Air Coalition
Fri, 11/25/2016 - 23:37
Rwanda is the newest member of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition. The announcement was made during the coalition’s most recent High Level Assembly, which took place on the sidelines of the 22nd Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP22) in Marrakech, Morocco.
"I would like to officially welcome Rwanda as the newest member of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition, which comes just a few weeks after the successful Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol,” said Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Canada and Co-Chair of the Coalition.
Speaking at the event, Rwanda’s Minister of Natural Resources, Vincent Biruta, thanked the members of the coalition for welcoming Rwanda and shared the steps Rwanda is taking to adapt to the adverse effects of climate change and reduce short-lived climate pollutants.
“I would like to first thank all those who recognised Rwanda in regards to the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol. We could not have achieved such a historic milestone without the commitment and hard work of so many, including the Climate and Clean Air Coalition,” said the Minister, referring to the recent joint efforts to phase out hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).
While Rwanda does not have many heavy industries, older vehicles, diesel-powered generators and biomass burning are polluting the air of major cities.
To help reduce this challenge, the government has recently increased taxes on older vehicles, as well as introduced mandatory emissions testing for all vehicles. It has also encouraged the use of cooking gas to substitute biomass burning (mainly firewood and charcoal), which is the main source of energy used for cooking. In addition, the establishment of the Rwanda Climate Observatory will provide the data needed to make informed decisions about how to reduce black carbon and other short-lived climate pollutants. These efforts are being facilitated by the adoption of a ground-breaking law on air pollution.
Rwanda's Green Fund is supporting these efforts by investing in a climate and air quality monitoring station in Kigali.
“We look forward to working with coalition members to learn from one another and share experiences to boost our collective efforts. We are proud to join the Climate and Clean Air Coalition and look forward to working with all members to reduce short-lived climate pollutants,” said Minister Biruta.
Read Minister Biruta’s Full Statement here.
About the Climate and Clean Air Coalition
The Climate and Clean Air Coalition is the only global effort that unites governments, civil society and private sector, committed to improving air quality and protecting the climate in next few decades by reducing short-lived climate pollutants across sectors. Complementary to mitigating CO2 emissions, the Coalition acts as a catalyst to create, implement and share immediate solutions addressing near-term climate change to improve people’s lives rapidly, and to ensure sustainable development for future generations. Learn more here.