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Panel Discussion with Shelly Dass on Saturday November 20th, 2021

The race to 1.5 / Zero Emissions

The Paris Agreement


The 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) began in Glasgow, Scotland, on October 31. World leaders, climate experts, campaigners and financiers will discuss the pressing issue of intensifying climate crisis till November 12. This year’s conference will aim to reach a consensus on actions to keep global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) above preindustrial levels and to secure net-zero emissions by 2050.

Sea level projections by temperature increases for 2050

Trinidad's Projections for 1.5° and 3° temperature increase by the year 2050

Trinidad & Tobago's commitment

Our commitments discussed in COP26

  • Establishing the largest utility-scale solar renewable energy project in the Caribbean with a capacity of 112 megawatts, accounting for 10% of our power needs, and we plan to increase this complement to 30% by 2030
  • Development of an e-mobility policy and implemention of measures to phase-in electric vehicles.
  • Socio-economic training - Just Transition of the Workforce Policy aimed at reskilling, retooling and developing new capacity for a low-carbon economy.
  • Pursuing measures to facilitate investment in green hydrogen to provide green feedstock to our vibrant petrochemical industry.
  • Exploration of the use of industry-generated CO₂in possible carbon sequestration projects.

  • Excerpt

    UN Scenario: Business as Usual (BAU)

    Trinidad and Tobago's intended nationally determined contribution (iNDC) is based on its Carbon Reduction Strategy developed for its power generation, transportation and industrial sectors, these being the major emitting sectors of the economy, and consistent with implementing the provisions of the National Climate Change Policy.

    Trinidad and Tobago's aim is to achieve a reduction objective in overall emissions from the three sectors by 15% by 2030 from BAU, which in absolute terms is an equivalent of one hundred and three million tonnes (103,000,000) of CO2e. The estimated cost of meeting this objective is USD 2 billion, which is expected to be met partly through domestic funding and conditional on international financing including through the Green Climate Fund. In this regard, Trinidad and Tobago will commit to unconditionally reduce its public transportation emissions by 30% or one million, seven hundred thousand tonnes (1,700,000) CO2e compared to 2013 levels by December 31, 2030.

    Source: United Nations Climate Change

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