GABORONE, (The Southern African Times) – Botswana is taking measures, including rolling out biogas technology programme, to show its commitment towards reduction of national carbon emissions to 15 percent by 2030, President Mokgweetsi Masisi made the announcement Monday.
“In an effort to continue reducing the effects of climate change, government is rolling out the Biogas Technology Programme,” said Masisi, adding that the programme is aimed at delivering small-scale digester plants to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 1.65 million tonnes of carbon dioxide by 2023.
So far 97 small scale bio-digesters have been constructed in the southern parts of the country where the gas is used for cooking, lighting, and heating, said Masisi when deliberating the State of the Nation Address to the first meeting of the third session of the 12th parliament in Gaborone, Botswana’s capital city.
Furthermore, Botswana managed to mobilize 30 million U.S. dollars in 2021 from the Green Climate Fund to implement agriculture-related adaptation interventions particularly on the northwestern parts of this landlocked nation, he said.
The level of ambient air quality in Botswana stands at 95 percent, demonstrating that Batswana citizens continue to breathe good quality air, according to Masisi.
At the ongoing 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26), nations affected by climate change across the globe are being encouraged to work together to protect and restore ecosystems and building defences, warning systems and resilient infrastructure and agriculture to avoid loss of homes, livelihoods and even lives.