Collaboration necessary for Greenhouse Gas Emissions Mitigation

Trinidad and Tobago continues to make strides toward the mitigation/reduction of its Greenhouse Gas Emissions, hosting a consultative workshop forMitigation Analysis based on the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Portfolio for Trinidad and Tobago.

The workshop, which took place on February 13th, 2020 at the Hyatt Regency, Port of Spain, was hosted by the Ministry of Planning and Development, through the Multilateral Environmental Agreements Unit, in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme.

Over one hundred (100) experts gathered from key sectors - Transport, Agriculture, Forestry and Land Use, Energy and Industry and the Waste and Waste Water - with the aim of discussing greenhouse mitigation measures, including the exploration of new greenhouse gas mitigation measures in all sectors across the economy based on emission scenarios.

The Ministry of Planning and Development is keen to ensure that the country is honouring its commitments under the United Nations Framework Convention for Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Paris Agreement, and our own National Climate Change Policy, which is incorporated into the goals outlines in Vision 2030. The workshop served to re-validate the baselines for certain sectors included in the current Carbon Reduction Strategy and included in the Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) of Trinidad and Tobago under the Paris Agreement, namely Power Generation, Industry and Transportation sectors. It also sought to establish baselines for sectors where they do not exist, such as in the Agriculture, Forestry and Land Use Sectors.

The development of baselines as well as development of emissions scenarios assists the country in determining the possible and feasible mitigation options for reducing its greenhouse gas emissions. This will help us nationally to validate the current NDC’s targets and determine its adequacy and possible additional mitigation options with a view to setting revised/ updated/more ambitious targets in the future as required under the Paris Agreement. Building on the draft greenhouse gas inventory that was revealed at a similar forum on January 22-23, 2020, this consultative workshop sough to engage key stakeholders to analyse baselines and together define further mitigation measures Trinidad and Tobago can undertake pursuant to the provisions and requirements of the Paris Agreement. More workshops of this nature are expected to continue as the Ministry of Planning and Development remains committed on its journey to addressing climate change action in Trinidad and Tobago. 

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