The Director General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) , Capt. Musa Nuhu said that the regulatory body has introduced Fly2Green Nigeria programme as part of efforts to drive collective net-zero accountability and eco-citizens’ responsibility.
According to the NCAA boss the initiative will tackle environmental pollution and climate change through green aviation market-based measures that promote eco-advocacy, eco-citizenship, eco-volunteerism, eco- efficiency, eco-innovation, eco-finance, eco-health insurance, eco-tourism and ecosystem conservation schemes to boost the contribution of National and regional aviation sector towards the achievement of a 1.5°C future in Nigeria and Africa.
This initiative is coming just as the NCAA joins the global community to commemorate the third International Day of Clean Air for Blue Skies with the theme, “The Air We Share”.
This year’s international Day of Clean Air for Blue Skies, he said focuses on the trans-boundary nature of air pollution and the need for collective accountability and action, which requires collaborative efforts from businesses, communities, civil society, academia, policymakers and government to advocate, accelerate and activate climate-smart solutions for Net-Zero emission footprint.
According the regulatory body, air pollution is both a climate impact and health impact issue that transcends and permeates national
borders, posing risks to 99 per cent of the world’s population, who now breathe polluted air and causing 7 million premature deaths each year.
Africa, he said, does not contribute more than 3 per cent of Greenhouse Gas emissions, but that despite that the continent is warming faster than any other region in the world, adding that it is half ready to make the transition to carbon neutral economies.
“In the drive for collective accountability and action to tackle environmental pollution and climate change, the aviation sector has a huge role to play. With a call to action for sustainability anchored on a few climate change facts: The aviation sector is a top-ten global emitter whose emissions are expected to rise dramatically by mid-century. The industry is responsible for an estimated 4.9% of global warming and its climate impact is not restricted to its CO2 emissions alone—more than half of aviation’s climate impact comes from non-CO2 pollutants. Climate change and Air pollution are inseparable environmental challenges which require integrated approaches to tackle both and ensure significant shared benefits for the people and planet,” NCAA said.
It added that the challenges of air pollution and climate change brought about urgency for multi-industry emissions reduction programmes such as ICAO’s CORSIA Mechanism and the Fly2Green Nigeria Initiative of the NCAA.
It said that through its incentive-based green travel programme and robust voluntary carbon emissions reduction scheme, Fly2Green Nigeria is designed to map out a decarbonistion strategy for the Nigeria Aviation
Industry, domesticate the National Policy on Short-lived Climate Pollutants (SLCPs) and implement strategic partnerships with relevant Green, Blue and Circular Economy stakeholders to launch the first Clean Air-Blue Skies Advocacy Program in Nigeria tagged “Clean2Breathe Nigeria” – a ‘Zero Air Pollution ‘advocacy campaign to boost local air quality against SLCPs .
The Fly2Green for The Air We Share” is the cardinal imperative of the NCAA under the leadership of its Director General, Capt. Musa Nuhu to activate climate-smart solutions for sustainable aviation through the Fly2Green Nigeria Initiative; integrating the ambitions and long-term goal aspirations of CORSIA (Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation) through market-based measures designed to mainstream ICAO’s (International Civil Aviation Organization) Basket Measures of Green Aviation to check the emerging climate emergencies of Nigeria, while maintaining the “Common but Differentiated” responsibility commitments of the Paris climate agreement.
NCAA, the DG said looks forward to a National Clean Air Policy Partnerships Framework, as it positions the Fly2Green Nigeria program to launch the “Clean2Breathe Nigeria” campaign as an aviation sector-led zero pollution mobilization tool to jumpstart National action and commitments to meet the Nationally Determined Contribution Targets of Nigeria.