SIBC: Solomon Islands reaches Net Zero

The Solomon Islands has become a carbon sink through GHG removals but must remain vigilant says DR. Melchior Mataki

Green House Gas (GHG) Assessment carried out under the Third National Communication to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change indicated that Solomon Islands has already reached net zero and thus become a carbon sink through GHG removals from tropical forests.

However, we need to be vigilant to ensure we do not allow our emissions to surpass removals into the future.

This statement was made by the Permanent Secretary for Ministry of Environment Climate Change Disaster Management and Meteorology, Dr. Melchior Mataki when addressing stakeholders who gathered in Honiara to validate the Solomon Islands Low Emission Development Strategy (LEDS).

Reaching net zero refers to the balance between the amount of greenhouse gas (GHG) that’s produced, and the amount that’s removed from the atmosphere.

It can be achieved through a combination of emission reduction and emission removal.

The Solomon Islands is least responsible for the human induced change in our global climate system and yet we are at the forefront of climate change impacts.

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