Mozambique’s Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Ernesto Max Tonela and ENI CEO Claudio Descalzi signed on 7 October a Memorandum of Understanding for the definition of sustainable development and decarbonisation projects, the Italian energy company said. The signing took place in Maputo in the presence of Mozambique President Filipe Nyusi.

The Memorandum provides for the cooperation between ENI and the Government of Mozambique in the definition of joint initiatives to support the country’s National and Local Economic and Social Development Agenda.

According to ENI, these initiatives will be defined within the framework of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) undertaken by each country to reduce national emissions and adapt to the impacts of climate change as part of The Paris Agreement.

Areas of cooperation include emissions reduction, fostering conservation and sustainable management of forests, and enhancement of forest carbon stocks, in the framework of REDD+ initiatives, ENI said, adding that the initial objective is the protection of 1 million hectares of forests, which will allow to offset the future CO2 production from ENI’s projects in the country. Other initiatives will refer to access to energy (SDG 7), industry, innovation and infrastructure development (SDG 9), sustainably managed forests (SDG 15), action on climate change and environmental impacts (SDG 13), access to education and training (SDG 4, 8), economic diversification (SDG 8), access to water (SDG 6) and access to health (SDG 3).