COP26: Key points on Nepal’s ‘long-term strategy for net-zero emissions’ submitted to UNFCCC (with full text)

While Nepal’s emission of greenhouse gases is negligible compared globally, it is the fourth most vulnerable country to climate change. (Photo: Energy Tracker)

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Kathmandu: Nepal submitted its long-term strategy for net-zero to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change on Sunday, October 31, the same day COP26, the 2021 iteration of the UN Climate Change Conference, kicked off in Glasgow, United Kingdom.

Nepal aspires to achieve a net-zero emission of greenhouse gases by 2045, the document submitted to the UNFCCC states. Nepal aims to achieve that ambitious goal, the document notes, with an emphasis on maximization of clean energy (hydropower, solar energy, and biogas, among others); decarbonizing the transportation sector; encouraging sustainable agriculture; increasing and maintaining forest cover; and enhancing international cooperation on climate change mitigation and adaptation, among other things.

“The long-term strategy envisions bold policymaking, social transformation, and technological innovations that will lead to a carbon-neutral, inclusive, and climate-resilient path,” the pledge says, adding that the goal is closely linked to the achievement of sustainable development goals (SDGs).

Moreover, in addition to its domestic emissions reduction, the statement promises, Nepal will have significant clean energy resources that can be exported to offset emissions in neighboring countries.

The statement also lays out ways to implement those measures as per its second nationally determined contributions (NDCs).

Access the country’s long-term strategy for a net-zero pledge in its entirety below: 

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