Transportation is Accra’s biggest pollutant – Mr Appiah

By
Julius K. Satsi, GNA

Accra, Sept. 13, GNA – Mr Desmond Appiah, the
Chief Resilience and Sustainability Advisor at the Accra Metropolitan Assembly
(AMA) has disclosed that transportation was the highest contributor to
pollution in Accra. 

He said, the observation was made after the
AMA undertook an inventory of greenhouse gas effect to identify the major
sources of the city’s pollutants and seek ways of mitigating the climate change
challenge.

Mr Appiah said, the inventory was also to
assist in achieving the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and the country’s
National Determined Contributions of increasing the usage of renewable energy
such as solar, wind, and biogas up to 10 per cent.

He was speaking in an interview with the Ghana
News Agency at the just ended Global Climate Action Summit held in Accra by the
Ghana Reducing Our Carbon (G-ROC).

The G-ROC is a formal network of youth-based
grassroots movements affiliated to 350.org formed with the aim of mobilising
and empowering young people in partnership with key stakeholders to actively
champion the need to reduce our carbon emissions and promote renewable energy
systems as a key effort in combating climate change in Ghana.

He said another critical area identified
during the inventory was the gases that emanated from poor management of wastes
in the city.

He said energy from buildings also contributed
in high proportions to greenhouse gas emission in the city.

This, he said, was because of the changing
scope of building in the capital which he said was accounting for the use of
more energy to power the high rise buildings, requiring the use of lighting and
air-conditioning.

He said the fourth major source of energy
contributing to the greenhouse gas effects was that coming from households,
derived from cooking, ironing, and heating, among others.

Mr Appiah however said, the Mayor of Accra, Mr
Mohammed Adjei Sowah had developed a number of initiatives to manage the
situation such as the waste segregation initiative, which started with the
basic schools and now with the secondary schools.

There is also the initiative of energy
efficiency, which would soon be rolled out by the AMA as well as the initiative
of greening and beautification in Accra to mitigate the increasing pollution of
the oxygen inhaled by humans.

He said the greening and beautification was
being pursued to promote open space development, making it more green and
enjoyable to ensure that no spaces were left opened for erosion to take place
and further pave way for squatters to settle in those spaces.

GNA

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