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Ethiopia sets more ambitious GHG reduction target for 2030

26 Jul 2021

Ethiopia has updated its Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC), setting an unconditional greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction target of 14% (leading to absolute emission levels of 347 MtCO2eq in 2030, i.e. -56 MtCO2eq) and a conditional reduction target up to 68.8% of the business-as-usual scenario by 2030 (-278 MtCO2eq to absolute levels of 126 MtCO2eq).

In its first NDC (March 2017), Ethiopia pledged to reduce its GHG emissions by 64% compared to the business-as-usual scenario by 2030. Back then, the country had no unconditional target. In December 2021, the country set unconditional reduction target of 12.4% and conditional reduction target up to 53.3% of the business-as-usual scenario by 2030. Ethiopia’s contribution to the global GHG emission is currently estimated at 0.04%. In 2020, the agricultural sector, particularly livestock, is estimated to account for 48% of the country’s total GHG emissions, followed by land use and forestry sector (41%).

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