By Tendai Guvamombe (Climate Change Reporter)
Estimation of Green House Gases(GHGs) and Measurement, Reporting and Verification(MRV) is set to catalyze low emissions investments in the country.
This will scale-up economic planning under Low Emissions Development Strategy(LEDS) and to enhance mitigation measures across various sectors.
According to Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change(IPCC) there are four main sectors that requires GHG emissions data compilation.
These include Energy, Industrial Processes and Product Use (IPPU), Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Use (AFOLU) and Waste.
Against this background, Government in partnership with UNDP engaged the Ministry of Industry and Commerce for an Expert Training Workshop on Estimation of GHGs and MRV.
The workshop is being held in Kadoma from the 21st to the 25th of September this year.
Speaking during the Training Programme Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality Industry Munesushe Munodawafa said the government engaged the IPPU Sector to build capacity by mainstreaming the Low Emissions Development Strategy.
“My Ministry has organized this capacity building workshop targeting the Industrial sector with the aim of mainstreaming the Low Emission Development Strategy (LEDS) into industry-related policies and strategies. This training aims to get increased buy-in from the industrial sector players and encourage them to become responsible for ensuring uptake of industry-related mitigation actions.”
The globe is fast moving towards temperature reduction to at least 1.5°C obove pre- Industrial levels.
According to Zimbabwe’s Second National Communication(TNC) on GHGs to UN Framework Convention on Climate Change the LEDS projects business as usual scenarios(BAU) for the IPPU sector from an estimated 1.7 MtCO2e in 2030 to 2.5 MtCO2e in 2050.
This is attributed to the projected increases in industrial activity and associated emissions from the sector.
In 2015 an estimate of six percent (6%) of the total GHG emissions (11.9 MtCO2e) were attributed to energy use in the IPPU Sectors. If left unchecked will eventually escalate in the next three decades.
In the aftermath of the training engagement, the IPPU Sector will be able to participate in GHG data estimation on the oversight coordination of MRV.
Lawrence Mashungu Climate Change Expert in the Climate Change Management Department(CCMD) said the involvement Industry is significant to the effect that current LEDS presents huge mitigation potentials for the sector.
“The first strategy identified in the Low Emission Development Strategy is capacity building of all sectors and this week we have engaged the Industry Sector. It is also important to note that the Industry Sector is a high emitting sector and also a sector with huge mitigation potential.”
Patrick Tuluzawu Principal Economist in the Ministry of Industry and Commerce said the nature of the global trend now requires the industrial sectors to move towards green industrial polices.
“Recent developments in global manufacturing trends and markets now require production processes to be sensitive to the environment given the challenges brought about by climate change. Cognisant of the developments, the Ministry of Industry and Commerce is geared up to embrace green industrial policies in its industrialisation drive.”
The engagement of the IPPU Sector will be crucial ahead of Zimbabwe’s First Biennial Report and Fourth National Communication on GHG emissions to UNFCCC.
The country’s green growth strategy presents investment opportunities to the business actors, academic sectors, companies and will be instrumental in the enhancement of partnerships.