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close this bookThe Global Greenhouse Regime. Who Pays? (UNU, 1993, 382 p.)
close this folderPart III National greenhouse gas reduction cost curves
close this folder9 Carbon abatement potential in West Africa
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View the documentIntroduction
View the documentLong-term energy and carbon emissions scenarios
View the documentOptions for rational energy use and carbon conservation
View the documentEconomic opportunities for implementation
View the documentPolicy issues for the region
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I have demonstrated that although West Africa's contribution to global carbon emissions is small, its role in a global carbon abatement strategy is important. It is inevitable that energy consumption and carbon emissions will increase as the region develops. However, many of the measures discussed in this study are available to countries in the region at low cost and with external donor support.

To exploit these opportunities, the countries of West Africa must develop strong regional initiatives. There are many barriers to realizing the technological potential to increase energy efficiency and to reduce carbon emissions. But these are susceptible to a variety of policy initiatives. A regional approach is an important prerequisite for successful mobilization of local capital and technological capabilities.