BP’s new major gas projects in West Africa threaten the climate and biodiversity
The GTA project is proceeding despite BP’s new push to go green, with commitments on both climate and biodiversity and a role as a partner in Prince Charles’ new Terra Carta initiative, which aims to give “fundamental rights and value to Nature”. The company is expected at play a role in COP26, the climate conference scheduled for November in Glasgow, which promises to be the most important since the Paris Agreement.
But the scientists and experts contacted by Earthen warned that BP’s projects in West Africa could pose risks to nearby “extremely rich ecosystems”, as well as to the climate.
Mohamed Adow, director of Power Shift Africa, a Nairobi-based think tank, said Earthen: “Fossil fuels, including gas, pose a major threat to Africa’s food security, water security and public health and will ultimately undermine our livelihoods and development. We cannot excuse a company like BP, which, at a time when it appears to be taking climate change more seriously, is simultaneously funding a project that could end up having a big impact on the carbon footprint and the future of the company. Africa.
“Our continent is incredibly endowed with wind and solar energy resources. The biggest obstacle to Africa’s transition to green energy is finance and investment. These polluters must therefore help Senegal and Mauritania to overcome dirty energy, and not lock them in the path of fossil fuels.“
In January, a new studYes by the University of Oxford predicted that renewables will account for less than 10% of Africa’s electricity production in 2030, while total production will double.
“These results indicate high risks of carbon lock-in for Africa,” he argued, “unless a rapid decarbonization shock occurs leading to the large-scale cancellation of fossil fuel power plants. currently in progress “.
PA promises reduce emissions to net zero by mid-century and cut oil and gas production by 40% in a decade, but investment in this project appears to be going in the opposite direction, dramatically increasing regional supply of gasoline. Africa’s gas, rather than clean energy. BP also currently has fossil fuel projects in Angola. It has no renewable energy projects in sub-Saharan Africa and is not planning any.