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Lagos, Nairobi, others to benefit from UK’s £27.5m zero emission fund

By Collins Olayinka, Abuja
12 November 2021   |   4:09 am
Lagos, Nairobi, Kuala Lumpur and Bogota are to benefit from a new £27.5 million United Kingdom funding to develop low-emission public transport systems.

Lagos, Nairobi, Kuala Lumpur and Bogota are to benefit from a new £27.5 million United Kingdom funding to develop low-emission public transport systems.

Launched yesterday at the ongoing COP26, the programme, codenamed ‘Urban Climate Action programme (UCAP)’ is to support the cities and regions in developing countries most impacted by climate change to accelerate their transition to net zero.

The United Kingdom said the money is a part of its International Climate Finance commitment to back cities across Africa, Asia and Latin America to take action against climate change and create a sustainable future, by helping them to become carbon neutral by 2050 and prepare low-carbon infrastructure projects.

Apart from transport systems, the funding would assist the cities develop low-emission renewable energy generation, sustainable waste management, new climate-smart buildings codes and climate risk planning.

Till date, over 1,000 cities and regions across the world –over a fifth of the global urban population – have committed to slashing their emissions to net zero by 2050 and Lagos is one of them.

With a growing population and as one of the most vulnerable coastal cities, Lagos would receive support to implement its low-carbon, inclusive and climate resilient urban development plans through UCAP.

In furtherance of the UN COP26 climate summit’s Cities, Regions and Built Environment Day in Glasgow, the United Kingdom also called on cities yet to make commitments to step up and set a net zero target that would protect the places where people live and work for future generations.

Business and Energy Minister Lord Callanan said: “From our homes and workplaces to our towns and cities, the buildings we live in are a fundamental part of our daily lives, but also a significant source of global emissions.”

UK’s Deputy High Commissioner in Lagos, Ben Llewellyn-Jones said: “The population of Lagos is projected to double by 2050, and the speed and scale of urbanisation may lock in high-carbon infrastructure and inequality if we do not act now.

“Lagos has continued to drive action at scale to tackle climate change and protect people’s livelihoods. And, I am glad that the UK’s new programme would provide invaluable support to the state for sustainable growth, enhance resilience to climate risks, and secure a greener future for generations to come.”