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Transport sector gets climate change training

Posted: Friday, May 31, 2019. 8:43 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: Various public and private sector entities gathered at the Best Western Belize Biltmore Plaza this week, for a two-day workshop in the realm of climate change.

The workshop, hosted by the United Nations Development Project (UNDP) and the National Climate Change Office gathered representatives from the Department of Transport, Customs and Excise Department, Public Utilities Commission, and Caribbean Community Climate Change Center, among others, for capacity building entitled “Standardized Baseline Development Training for the Transport Sector.”

Brittany Meighan, Climate Change Officer for Mitigation in the National Climate Change Office, explained that the training is important for Belize because the transport sector is the country’s second leading cause of carbon emissions, which contributes to the phenomenon of global warming and climate change.

“The training is so that the national experts can understand what is a baseline and we can measure what is happening now and historically of the emissions that are made in the transport sector,” Meighan said.

She noted that the baseline will also be used to help coin a national strategy for the reduction of carbon emissions within the land, sea, and air, subsectors of the transport sector, and will also help to inform future projects and policies and ensure that the impact on carbon emissions are considered when either is being formulated.

Meighan added that a crucial part of establishing the baseline will be data collection. While some data on the national public transportation fleet has already been conducted through a project called the Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMA) for the transport sector; additional data collection is needed to gather a definitive picture of how many vehicles are on the roads and the classification of those vehicles.

The workshop concluded today with a general discussion on the role of the energy sector in the national carbon emission equation.


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