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The Minister of Industrialization and Trade, Lucia Iipumbu, says there is an urgent need for action on climate change, as Namibia only contributes 0,003% of greenhouse gases globally.

IIpumbu was speaking at the Decarbonizing Namibia Conference in Windhoek, which focused on strategies and policies to reduce greenhouse gases in heating, ventilation, and cooling.

Namibia, like many countries around the world, is grappling with the effects of climate change, including rising temperatures, droughts, and floods.

According to the Nationally Updated Contribution 2021, Namibia has pledged to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 93% by 2030. 

The country further committed to reaching net zero emissions beyond 2030.

"Namibia is not a big polluter as compared to other countries in so far as its industrialization. We are not even close to those countries that are making the environment unfriendly. But we have to show others that we are one of the most vulnerable countries when it comes to climate change. We are the ones who have volatile climatic conditions," added Iipumbu.

The conference, organized by the Association of Heat, Ventilation, and Cooling of Namibia, brought together experts to discuss ways to address the challenges of climate change in the country.

The conference features a range of presentations on topics including energy-efficient building design, renewable energy sources for heating and cooling, and policy frameworks to support decarbonization.

With a focus on practical solutions and policy frameworks, the conference is considered an important platform for building a more sustainable and resilient future for Namibia.

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Daniel Nadunya