Environmental stakeholders in the country have begun efforts to fast-track the reduction of Green House Gas (GHG) Emissions level in the Country.
Known as a refresher working session, the initiative brought together over twenty-five (25) technicians from government line Ministries and Agencies. The refresher was preceded by a previous two days training workshop that took place in December of 2020.
The stakeholders in recent times held a two-day working session on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Data collection inventory software. It was organized by Conservation International-Liberia in Collaboration with the Environmental Protection Agency of Liberia (EPA), with support from the Global Environment Facility (GEF)
The latest training focused was on the theoretical aspect of the IPCC software, while the working session focus is on helping technicians gained practical knowledge of the IPCC Data Inventory software.
The Data Inventory software is a key component within the workings of the Energy Sector as it allows technicians collect data from all entities relative to the energy Sector whose work mostly applies to the high level of Green House Gas emissions into the atmosphere, which causes Global Warming or Climate Change.
The project is under the auspices of the Capacity Building Initiative for Transparency (CBIT).
Making inputs at the opening of the Refresher working session held at a local conference hall in Monrovia, the Assistant Minister for Energy at the Ministry of Mines and Energy, William T. Thompson said Green House Gas emissions is a national, social, and domestic issue that should be tackled with a drastic approach.
According to him, this can only be done with the help of those technicians that will be trained to collect all data of GHG Emissions, so that the Country can have a clear picture of how low or high the emissions level is.
Assistant Minister Thompson, however, encourages participants to take in with passion the knowledge that will be provided them.
“Liberia is not the only Country that is tracking or trying to track GHG emissions level, other countries are doing the same, tackling emissions will help us now and the generation to come,” Thompson narrated.
Also speaking at the opening of the working session, the Technical Director of Conservation International-Liberia, Mr. George Ilebo said that Liberia is a country that made a commitment by signing the Paris Agreement, and with this, the Country must take seriously every ingredient of the document through the effort of all Environmental working groups by putting in the time to mitigate climate change and reducing GHG Emissions level by the work they all do.
“This training today shows a vivid manifestation of efforts being made through Environmental partners trying to reintroduce Data collection and making an inventory of all data being collected by using the IPCC software which you all were brought here to learn after getting the theoretical aspect of the software about two months ago,” Ilebo mentioned.
” Please take seriously all steps of this working session, because from here you all will be charged with the responsibility to inform the Country of its GHG Emissions level from the energy sector,” he said.
For his part, the Focal Point of the Capacity Building Initiative for Transparency Project at the EPA, Mr. Arthur Becker spoke on behalf of the Executive Director of the EPA, Mr. Wilson Tarpeh.
Becker thanked national stakeholders from line Ministries, Agencies and Public Corporations for always availing themselves to be a part in ensuring that the project becomes a meaningful success.
He gave a background of the CBIT Project, stating that the CBIT came out of efforts by Countries that are parties to the Paris Agreement under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to ensure a national commitment in-terms of living up to the Transparency element of the Paris Agreement.
Becker at the same time lauded Conservation International-Liberia for its ‘magnanimous’ aid in working together with the government of Liberia to ensure a smooth rollout of the project.
“Energy plays a pivotal and cardinal role when it comes to GHG-related issues in Liberia, on this basis, the National Determined Contributions (NDCs) mitigation target does not leave out Energy,” he said.