By Staff Reporter Breeze FM
The Ministry of Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality industry in conjunction with Climate change experts on Monday conducted a National Dialogue on Eco- tourism and renewable energy in Victoria Falls where they presented the country’s mitigation options in the tourism sector.
In his opening remarks, Minister of Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality Nqobizitha Mangaliso Ndlovu said in an effort of reduce emissions in the tourism sector, Zimbabwe Low Emission Development Strategy which is based on Government’s economic planning up to 2050, has set the course for reducing emissions at the same time ensuring sustainable economic development for the country.
” Total emissions in the energy sector are expected to increase significantly over the coming decades, rising to around 26.5 and 37.5 metric tonnes of Carbon dioxide equivalent in 2030 and 2050, respectively.
Emissions from the transportation sector are also forecasted to rise significantly as demand for vehicles and transport services increase with economic growth, particularly for passenger cars,” said minister Ndlovu
Ndlovu also added that, studies conducted on the status of Energy Efficiency in Zimbabwe have shown that the use of old and antiquated equipment in various sectors of the economy including tourism sector has resulted in low energy efficiency levels and unnecessary energy losses in terms of both electricity and fuels that the country cannot afford.
“The Ministry is working on a climate change legal framework that will offer the country an opportunity to consolidate aspects of climate change response including United Nations framework Convention on Climate change and its Paris Agreements reporting requirements.