In general, we have noticed a fundamental lack of research and data of current and past levels of GHG emissions. In fact, the countries that are falling behind have created mitigative policies and strategies based on outdated or inaccurate information. For example, many have used data collected before 1990, and have not taken the growth in emissions, population, and industries in the last 20 years into consideration. Furthermore, several countries around the continent essentially lack any information on strategies and policies adopted to mitigate GHG emissions, which prevents us from making an accurate judgement on whether these countries will meet their obligations.
Nevertheless, our investigation also provided avenues for hope and optimism in the continent being a frontrunner in the fight against climate change. We were particularly pleased to find a small group of countries that vitally understand and acknowledge the need to mitigate GHG emissions.
This map is designed to inform climate leaders, and the greater public, whether the individual African nations are going to meet their obligations to the Paris Climate Agreement. In each profile, we outline the various conditions that guided our conclusions, identify the four major sectors responsible for the nation’s emissions, and articulate suggestions and potential remedies that the nation should adopt in order to meet its designated obligations.
This map is a work in progress, and more countries will be added soon…