As an archipelago with rich marine life and a fragile ecosystem, The Bahamas is particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. If not adequately addressed, climate change will lead to increased flooding, property damage and potentially loss of life.
The Bahamas Climate Change Unit has been providing leadership in combating climate change through a number of initiatives. The Bahamas has passed legislation, advanced policies and programmes to ensure that we are doing our part to reduce emissions. The Bahamas has reduced and/or eliminated tariffs on solar systems and energy efficient appliances. In addition, The Bahamas has joined international organizations that focus on increasing the use of renewable energy, including the International Renewable Energy Agency and the Carbon War Room.
The Bahamas implemented the historic Paris Agreement on November 4th, 2016, a step forward in the fight against climate change. This agreement is now in full effect, meaning that states are bound to curb their carbon emissions in order to limit global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius. Critically, the special needs of small island developing states are preserved in the Agreement.