President Paul Kagame has reiterated Rwanda’s determination to never settle for less than its ambitious targets to ensure climate resilience.
At the virtual Climate Ambition summit, the president recalled that in May 2020, Rwanda submitted a revised and more ambitious, Nationally Determined Contribution under the Paris Agreement.
“This reflects Rwanda’s vision to become a developed, low carbon economy bu 2050,” Kagame said.
“We also intend to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 38 percent by 2030 compared to the business-as-usual scenario.”
The president was straightforward to indicate through which path the country will achieve this, and he said that it will be through efficiency in energy production, industrial processes, waste management, transportation and agriculture.
Mathematically, the president indicated that these efforts will mitigate an estimated 4.6 million tons of carbon dioxide equivalent.
“Nature-based solutions offer the best return on investment in terms of drawing down the carbon and protecting biodiversity,” Kagame said.
“Recent advance in renewable energy, including battery technology and clean cooling provide assurance that it is possible to build net-zero economies.”
The president said that Rwanda will take full advantage of this new technology.
“Ambitious action on climate change will make our world more resilient and healthy and also more prosperous,” Kagame said.
“We should not miss out on the opportunity.”