In a landmark announcement made in Dubai on Thursday, Angola’s Minister of the Environment, Ana Paula de Carvalho, revealed the country’s commitment to signing the Methane Agreement at COP 28.
This international initiative, under the auspices of the United Nations (UN), aims to curtail methane emissions by 30% by 2030, primarily within the oil industry, to address the urgent challenges of climate change.
Minister Carvalho emphasized the potency of methane emissions in comparison to CO2, stressing its greater immediate impact despite a shorter lifespan in the atmosphere. She underscored Angola’s decision to join the agreement, citing the existence of conducive conditions and highlighted the nation’s unique contributions to global climate improvement.
The Minister outlined Angola’s comprehensive approach, including initiatives for eco-friendly agricultural practices and a substantial shift from thermal energy to cleaner sources, thus fostering a greener world. She detailed Angola’s active participation in thematic discussions during the event, covering vital topics such as security, peace, health, and the critical domains of mining and oil and gas.
The opening days of the summit, dedicated to ministerial meetings, set the stage for Angola’s nuanced discussions and proposals. As the summit progresses, Angola aims to secure financing to bolster its efforts in environmental conservation, with a focus on enhancing the quality of air, water, and soil.
The 28th United Nations Conference on Climate Change, known as COP 28, commenced in Dubai on Thursday and extends until December 12th. This pivotal gathering succeeds the previous year’s summit in Sharm el-Sheik, Egypt, and carries the mandate to conduct a comprehensive global assessment of the world’s climate situation.
Originating from COP 21 in Paris in 2015, the Paris Agreement remains a cornerstone, with nations worldwide committed to limiting the rise in global average temperature to 2ºC above pre-industrial levels, striving preferably for 1.5ºC.