Maldives to reduce emissions by 26% and reach Net Zero Emissions by 2030

The island of Fuvahmulah in Maldives. It is one of the biggest islands in the country with many unique environmental features | Photo: Corporate Maldives

Male’, Maldives- Minister of Environment Dr. Hussain Rasheed tweeted earlier today that he is proud to submit Maldives’ “most ambitious” Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC), that aims reduce emissions by 26% and to reach Net Zero Emissions by 2030 on the condition that financial and technology support is received.

On the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’s (UNFCCC) NDC registry, a statement reveals that the Maldives will reduce its emissions by 26% in 2030 if it is business as usual going forward, in a conditional manner, in the context of sustainable development, supported and enabled by availability of financial resources, technology transfer and capacity building.

“However, the Government of Maldives believes that it has a responsibility to take a transformational economic and environmental path to development and aims to reach net-zero by 2030 provided on condition that it gets the extensive support and assistance from the international community. Maldivian government will develop a plan with consultation of development partners, donors and other stakeholders, mapping out the net-zero pathway.” reads that statement.

This is an amendment to the First NDC by the Maldives submitted in 2016, which stated that emissions can be guaranteed to be decreased by 10% in 2030, adding that this number could be increased by up to 24% .The 2016 NDC also included plans for Maldives to reach achieve Net Zero Emissions by 2030.