Dr. Bawumia: Ghana to start using renewable energy by 2070

The National Energy Transition Committee, he claimed, had been formed to create a plan aimed at attaining net zero carbon emissions by 2070.

This was mentioned by Dr. Bawumia as he welcomed attendees to Accra’s Ghana International Petroleum Conference (GhIPCon) in 2022.

We must thus take action to hasten the development and use of our oil and gas reserves even if, as a government, we are completely committed to reaching net zero carbon emissions by 2070.

The vice president stated that although the nation intended to help reduce emissions, it believed that a balance between social, economic, and environmental needs needed to be reached and maintained.

Coal, petroleum, natural gas, oil shales, bitumen, tar sands, and heavy oils are examples of fossil fuels. These fuels generate carbon dioxide when burned, making them less environmentally friendly.

On the other hand, renewable energy is derived directly from the components of the earth, including the sun, water (hydro), wind, and biodegradable materials like plant and animal waste, sometimes referred to as biomass.

Vice President Bawumia tasked energy sector participants with accelerating the nation’s oil and gas reserves’ production and utilization.

In a world that is changing quickly, he said, “we need be forward-thinking in terms of energy transition, but also in terms of all parts of the energy-mix.”

Given the recent effects of the Russia-Ukraine war on the energy industry, he suggested that would allow the nation to protect its energy sector from shocks to the global economy.

So, according to Dr. Bawumia, “I anticipate that this conference will serve as a sounding board for our governments in the West African region on how we may be active participants in the energy transition process while staying true to the needs and aspirations of our people.”

Additionally, the Vice President reaffirmed the government’s dedication to lowering emissions from the use of petroleum products.

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