Greenhouse Gas Emissions Factsheet: Democratic Republic of the Congo
This factsheet summarizes the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (DRC) 2014 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by sector, provides an analysis of emissions trends from 1990-2014, analyzes GHG emissions relative to gross domestic product (GDP), and identifies future emissions targets and plans.
The majority of DRC’s 2014 emissions came from land-use change and forestry (LUCF), which made up 80.1% of total emissions. In the period from 1990-2014, GHG emissions in DRC rose by 2%. In the same period, GDP increased by 21%, though it first trended downward from 1990-2001 before rising steadily thereafter. In 2014, the DRC emitted more GHGs relative to GDP than the world average, indicating room for improvement.
Through its Intended Nationally Determined Contribution, DRC has pledged to conditionally reduce its GHG emissions by 17% by 2030 compared to 1990 levels. Potential interventions in LUCF include afforestation and reforestation, sustainable management of timber operations, rehabilitation of mining and oil operations, and fighting of bush fires.
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