NCAA to launch ‘Clean2breathe Nigeria’ to jumpstart national commitments to Clean Air campaign


Posted by Sade Williams


The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has joined the global community to commemorate the third International Day of Clean Air for Blue Skies.

To this end, the Authority said it is repositioning its Fly2Green Nigeria Initiative to launch the “Clean2Breathe Nigeria” campaign as an Aviation sector-led zero pollution mobilization tool to jumpstart National action and commitments to meet the Nationally Determined Contribution Targets of Nigeria.

Tagged with the theme “The Air We Share”, this year’s focuses on the transboundary nature of air pollution and the need for Collective accountability and action, which requires collaborative efforts from businesses, communities, civil society, academia, policymakers and government to advocate, accelerate and activate climate-smart solutions for Net-Zero emission footprint.

The NCAA noted that Air pollution is responsible for the death of 7million people yearly, adding that its both a climate impact and health impact issue that transcends and permeates national borders, posing risks to 99% of the world’s population who now breathe polluted air.

“Africa does not contribute more than 3% of Greenhouse Gas emissions, yet the continent is warming faster than any other region in the world and is half ready to make the transition to carbon neutral economies. In the drive for collective accountability and action to tackle environmental pollution and climate change, the aviation sector has a huge role to play.

“With a call to action for sustainability anchored on a few climate change facts: The aviation sector is a top-ten global emitter whose emissions are expected to rise dramatically by mid-century. The industry is responsible for an estimated 4.9% of global warming and its climate impact is not restricted to its CO2 emissions alone—more than half of aviation’s climate impact comes from non-CO2 pollutants.

“Climate change and Air pollution are inseparable environmental challenges which require integrated approaches to tackle both and ensure significant shared benefits for the people and planet. Hence, the urgency for multi-industry emissions reduction programs like International Civil Aviation Organization-Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (ICAO’s CORSIA) Mechanism and the Fly2Green Nigeria Initiative of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority.”, NCAA said.

The Fly2Green Nigeria Program stands as the NCAA initiative to drive collective net-zero accountability and eco-citizens responsibility to tackle environmental pollution and climate change through green aviation market-based measures that promote eco-advocacy, eco-citizenship, eco-volunteerism, eco-efficiency, eco-nnovation, eco-finance, eco-health insurance, eco-tourism and ecosystem conservation schemes to boost the contribution of National and regional aviation sector towards the achievement of a 1.5°Cuture in Nigeria and Africa.

Through its incentive-based green travel program and robust voluntary carbon emissions reduction scheme, the Authority said the Fly2Green Nigeria is designed to map out a decarbonization strategy for the Nigeria Aviation industry, domesticate the National Policy on Short-lived Climate Pollutants (SLCPs) and implement strategic partnerships with relevant Green, Blue and Circular Economy stakeholders to launch the first
Clean Air-Blue Skies Advocacy Program in Nigeria tagged “Clean2Breathe Nigeria” – a ‘Zero Air Pollution’ advocacy campaign to boost local air quality against SLCPs .

The Fly2Green for The Air We Share” is the cardinal imperative of the NCAA under the leadership of its Director General, Captain Musa Nuhu to activate Climate-smart solutions for Sustainable aviation through the Fly2Green Nigeria Initiative; integrating the ambitions and long-term goal aspirations of CORSIA (Carbon Offsetting and Reduction
Scheme for International Aviation) through market-based measures designed to mainstream ICAO’s
(International Civil Aviation Organization) Basket Measures of Green Aviation to check the emerging
climate emergencies of Nigeria, while maintaining the “Common but Differentiated” responsibility
commitments of the Paris climate agreement.

“The NCAA looks forward to a National Clean Air Policy Partnerships Framework, as it positions the Fly2Green Nigeria program to launch the “Clean2Breathe Nigeria” campaign as an Aviation sector-led zero pollution mobilization tool to jumpstart National action and commitments to meet the Nationally Determined Contribution Targets of Nigeria.”, it said.