Colombia’s NDC is considered one of the most ambitious in the Latin America and Caribbean region thus far, and is much more closely aligned with the country’s objective of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050.
“Our revised climate change commitment represents a substantial increase in ambition compared to our initial commitment submitted in 2015,” said Nicolás Galarza, Vice Minister of the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development. “The inclusion of a specific target to reduce black carbon will ensure that, by playing our part in meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement, Colombians will also benefit from lower air pollution, and the health benefits that this will bring.”
According to Colombia’s first national emission inventory of black carbon and other air pollutants, the major sources of black carbon in Colombia include burning firewood for heating and cooking, diesel for transportation and non-road machinery, agricultural burning of sugar cane residue after harvest and brick production.
These sectors also emit other air pollutants, such as nitrogen oxides, volatile organic compounds, and other particulates, and in some cases also emit greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide. Therefore, taking action to reduce emissions from major black carbon sources can be an effective strategy to simultaneously mitigate climate change while achieving local benefits for air quality and human health.