Samoa has officially submitted its Second Nationally Determined Contribution to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) on 30 July 2021 maintaining its climate commitment to the Paris Agreement for parties to communicate their NDCs.
The Second NDC was developed undertaking an inclusive stakeholder engagement process with key national stakeholders, ministries, and departments, with the technical assistance and support of the Regional Pacific NDC Hub and implementation partner, the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI).
Samoa’s Second NDC sets out a comprehensive package of policies and measures, sectorial targets and sector-specific actions which are tailor-made to meet its defined national contribution, focusing on mitigation in the energy (including electricity, land transport, maritime transport, and tourism) sector, the waste sector, and the agriculture, forestry, and other land use (AFOLU) sector. Samoa also prioritizes adaptation in its Second NDC focusing on the marine and AFOLU sectors as a priority.
A core element of Samoa’s NDC is to reduce overall GHG emissions by 26 per cent in 2030 compared to 2007 levels (or by 91 Gg CO2e compared to the new reference year once Samoa’s GHG emissions inventory has been updated).
Samoa’s updated communication to the UNFCCC demonstrates the Large Ocean State’s commitment to the effective and transparent implementation of the Paris Agreement despite being negligible contributors to global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
Samoa submitted its First NDC to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) on 23rd November 2015. The target in this submission was to achieve 100 percent of electricity generation from renewable energy sources by 2025.
As immediate, natural next steps and to ensure Samoa has a strategic pathway to follow in achieving its Second NDC targets (which are largely conditional on external financial assistance), the NDC Hub through GGGI is supporting development of its NDC Implementation Roadmap and NDC Investment Plan (including project pipeline) which is due to be completed by November 2021.
Have a look at Samoa’s Second NDC here.