What’s going on here?

Nigeria’s massive new oil refinery is expected to produce about 650,000 barrels per day in Lagos. It’s a move expected to significantly impact the country’s economy and potentially generate an additional 12,000 megawatts of electricity. But it raises concerns about Nigeria’s net zero commitment for 2060.

What does this mean?

The refinery signifies a significant investment in the fossil fuel industry in Nigeria. While it may offer short-term economic benefits and increased energy production, it exacerbates the challenges posed by climate change. As of today, this industry is responsible for 80% of Nigeria’s carbon emissions. Fossil fuel combustion contributes to greenhouse gas emissions, which further intensify global warming and climate instability. Nigeria’s decision to expand its reliance on fossil fuels runs contrary to the urgent need for countries to transition to cleaner and renewable energy sources.

Why should we care?

Nigeria releases more gas into the environment than any other country. By increasing its fossil fuel infrastructure, Nigeria not only hampers progress towards global climate goals.  It also perpetuates air and water pollution, deforestation, and habitat destruction. The West African nation has the highest deforestation rate in the world, with 3.7% forest loss per year, according to the UN.

These environmental impacts will have severe consequences for biodiversity, public health,  and the overall well-being of Nigerian communities in the long run. The refinery’s operations and the associated carbon emissions will contribute to the worsening climate crisis and hinder efforts to mitigate its effects.

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