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Rwanda delivers climate plan early despite COP26 delay

This article originally featured in The Skylark’s newsletter and was written as a condensed news in brief.

Rwanda has become the first African nation to submit a new national climate plan as part of its commitment to the Paris Agreement. The submission comes ahead of COP26, which has been delayed until next year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. However, Rwanda is determined to continue on its path to a greener future and has now set out a clear strategy to achieve this.

The climate plan includes a 38% reduction in planet damaging emissions by 2030, including CO2, methane, nitrous oxide and hydrofluorocarbons. The plan also involves the regeneration of vital biodiversity hotspots and natural habitats as well as the transformation of heavy and light industries.

The climate plan is expected to cost around £9 billion ($11 billion), which will boost a green economy and job market. Under the Paris Agreement, it is expected that a portion of this will be supported by wealthier nations who are responsible for the impact of climate change.

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