Analysis and validation of the low-carbon scenarios of the long-term low emission development strategy of Burkina Faso

June 23, 2022 – As part of the process of developing Burkina Faso’s low-carbon development strategy 2050, the Ministry of Environment, with the technical and financial support of the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) and the French Development Agency (FDA), organized a validation workshop of the low-carbon scenarios prepared in past months. National experts from the sectoral working groups, members of the technical monitoring committee of the strategy, national consultants, resource persons as well as the GGGI national and international team were able to exchange on the proposed low-carbon scenarios of the five key sectors, namely Energy, Transport, Waste, Agriculture, Forestry and other Land Uses (AFOLU) and Industrial Processes and Product Use (IPPU). The transitions of these sectors will able the country to achieve net zero emission level by 2050.

As a reminder, the Paris Agreement invites the signatory states to produce this type of reference framework, in order to provide a roadmap for long-term decarbonization.

The workshop examined and validated the low-carbon scenarios of the five sectors. These have been developed in a participatory process, based on analysis of emission reduction potential of different policy actions, such as reforestation, developing public transport, or promoting biogas production. The sector scenarios will serve as the basis of the country’s long-term low-carbon strategy document. This strategy is an important policy instrument that will help to place short-term actions in the perspective of the long-term structural changes needed for the transition to a low-carbon and resilient economy.

The workshop was opened by the Director of Cabinet of the Ministry of Environment, Energy, Water and Sanitation, representing the Minister, Mr. Niampa Thomas.

“The stakes of the low-carbon strategy are of great significance for the sustainable development of our country. Indeed, the strategy document must account for our country’s greenhouse gas reduction efforts, while promoting a strong, inclusive, sustainable and resilient economy”, Mr Thomas underlined.

The country representative of GGGI, Laura Jalasjoki, added: “This strategy must especially support the country in planning climate actions for the benefit of the population in general, and help the country to mobilize more international funding to adapt to tomorrow’s climate”.