TotalEnergies said Friday it has signed an agreement with the Government of Suriname to provide support for its national strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by preserving forests in the country. This public-private partnership illustrates the alignment between the ambition of TotalEnergies and the Government of Suriname to protect forest ecosystems and biodiversity while benefiting local communities.
Suriname’s Amazon forest covers more than 15 millions hectares and absorbs millions of tonnes of CO2 each year. It is home to rich biodiversity and plays a crucial historical and cultural role in local communities. The development of new economic activities and growing demand for natural resources puts pressure on the forests, making the implementation of sustainable development models more necessary than ever.
The agreement signed by the Government of Suriname and TotalEnergies provides for future projects to preserve forest ecosystems. The emissions reductions stemming from these actions shall be certified in accordance with highest international standard.
“This carbon credit exchange agreement is a historical milestone for Suriname. Our country is determined to establish institutional capacity first. The carbon credit market has a very promising future for High Forest Low Deforestation (HFLD) countries, but the benefits will not only be determined by mere market forces. They will mainly be determined by the ability of the countries’ governing institutes to manage their natural resources at an unprecedented level of professionalism. This agreement with TotalEnergies provides the opportunity to do so,” said Silvano Tjong-Ahin, Suriname’s Minister of Spatial Planning and Environment.
“We are delighted to partner with the Government of Suriname to preserve forests as carbon sinks in the country. This agreement, which aims to protect forest ecosystems and biodiversity while benefiting local communities, is aligned with the Suriname government’s REDD+ strategy, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the conclusions of the Paris Agreement,” said Christine Healy, Senior Vice President Carbon Neutrality at TotalEnergies. “TotalEnergies’ ambition to get to Net Zero for its scope 1 & 2 emissions is based on a series of tangible measures designed first to avoid, then to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by implementing best available technologies, and lastly to offset residual emissions, in particular through nature based solutions like forest preservation. This agreement illustrates our approach.”