Nigeria

Overall rating
Almost Sufficient
Policies & action
1.5°C Paris Agreement compatible
< 1.5°C World
Internationally supported target
Almost Sufficient
< 2°C World
Fair share target
1.5°C Paris Agreement compatible
< 1.5°C World
Climate finance
Not applicable
Net zero target

year

Second half of the century

Comprehensiveness not rated as

Information incomplete
Land use & forestry
Not significant

Summary

We evaluate the net zero target as: Target information incomplete

Nigeria is in the process of developing a long-term vision to 2050. There is also a climate change bill passed by Nigeria’s National Assembly that includes a net zero target for 2050-2070 (Onuigbo, 2021). The bill has been sent to the President for assent. Its final NDC update mentioned Nigeria’s aim to cut current emissions by 50% by 2050 and achieve net zero emissions ‘as early as possible in the second half of the century’.

Nigeria
Comprehensiveness of net zero target design
Target information incomplete
Scope
Target year: As early as possible in the second half of the century
Emissions coverage

No information on the target’s emission coverage

International aviation and shipping

No information on the target’s intention to cover international aviation and shipping

Reductions or removals outside of own borders

Provides no information on intention to use international offset credits to meet net zero

Architecture
Legal Status

Net zero target in proposed legislation or in a policy document

Separate reduction & removal targets

No information on intention to separate emission reduction and removal targets

Review Process

Country provides no information on its intention to establish a review cycle for its net zero and intermediate targets (note: this option applies to countries that have only announced a target, with no accompanying law / policy)

Transparency
Carbon dioxide removal

No information on intention to communicate transparent assumptions on carbon dioxide removals

Comprehensive planning

Country provides no information on anticipated pathways or measures

Clarity on fairness of target

Country provides no information on its intention to explain the target’s fairness.

Ten key elements

Scope

  • Target year – Nigeria aims to reach net zero as early as possible in the second half of the century.
  • Emissions coverage – No information is available on the target’s emission coverage.
  • International aviation and shipping – No information available.
  • Reductions or removals outside of own borders – No information available.

Target architecture

  • Legal status – Nigeria has included its net zero target in draft legislation and mentioned the net zero target in its final NDC update submitted in July 2021.

    The latest version of Nigeria’s climate change bill approved by Nigeria’s National Assembly in October 2021 includes a carbon budget with the goal of achieving net-zero emissions between 2050 and 2070. The bill has been sent to the President for assent and, if signed, will become law.

    Nigeria is also working on its LTS.
  • Separate reduction & removal targets – No information available.
  • Review process – No information available.

Transparency

  • Carbon dioxide removal – No information available.
  • Comprehensive planning – Nigeria is working on its LTS.
  • Clarity on fairness of target – No information available.

Good practice

The Climate Action Tracker has defined the following good practice for all ten key elements of net zero targets. Countries can refer to this good practice to design or enhance their net zero targets.

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