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New Dawn for Clean Cooking Industry in Nigeria

New Dawn for Clean Cooking Industry in Nigeria

The Federal Ministry of Environment in partnership with the Nigerian Alliance for Clean Cookstoves organized a one-day Clean Cooking Forum on Monday 28 November 2016 at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja. The forum brought together over 150 participants including key policymakers, private sector leaders, development partners and civil society stakeholders to reposition Nigeria’s strategy for clean cooking – achieving clean cooking energy for all Nigerians. In Nigeria, over 20 million households and about 122 million Nigerians depend primarily on wood as a source of fuel for cooking. This is despite the abundance of modern cooking energy sources including natural gas. This traditional cooking method is expensive, has negative impact on health and contributes to deforestation. In North East Nigeria, IDPs are facing severe challenges in meeting their basic needs including access to cooking energy and fuels. Fetching of firewood around camps and host communities often lead to conflict and increases the chance of gender-based violence against women. In her opening remarks, the Honourable Minister for Environment, Amina Mohammed reiterated the growing challenge of climate change and noted that IDPs and refugees suffer the most energy poverty in Nigeria. Therefore, providing access to energy for them will be a key element that will facilitate their return home. The President of the Senate in his keynote address further pledged the willingness and readiness of the National Assembly to support and pass laws that will promote clean cooking in the country which is in line with the “Made in Nigeria” campaign. Key resolutions at the forum are: Launch a behavioural change/awareness campaign for clean and efficient cookstoves in the country; set up... read more
New study finds clean cookstoves may improve women’s heart health

New study finds clean cookstoves may improve women’s heart health

Shifting from a cookstove that burns traditional woodfuel to a stove that uses a cleaner-burning fuel such as ethanol may mitigate cardiovascular health risks in pregnant women, according to a new study led by a team from the University of Chicago. The study, which evaluated 324 pregnant women in Nigeria, monitored the impact of transitioning from traditional firewood or kerosene cookstoves to ethanol-burning stoves on biomarkers of systemic inflammation (indicators of cardiovascular disease) in women from their first to third trimesters of pregnancy. “What’s remarkable about the study is that shifting from traditional cooking with firewood to clean fuels, including ethanol, may improve women’s cardiovascular health” said Dr. Christopher Olopade, Professor of Medicine and Clinical Director of the Center for Global Health at the University of Chicago, which led the research. “We also found that the women preferred to use the new ethanol stoves, so much so that over 80% are still using their ethanol stoves upon completion of the study.” Read... read more
New Dawn for Clean Cooking Industry in Nigeria – Press Release

New Dawn for Clean Cooking Industry in Nigeria – Press Release

Stakeholders deliberate to reposition the clean cooking industry and address access to clean cooking energy for all Abuja, The Federal Ministry of Environment, in partnership with the Nigerian Alliance for Clean Cookstoves organised the Nigeria Clean Cooking Forum 2016. The event was held on Monday 28 November 2016 at the Transcorp Hilton, Abuja. The Forum reviewed existing policies and programmes on cooking energy, took stock of lessons learned, proffered gaps to be filled and opportunities to be accessed in the clean cooking industry. Nigerians suffer a “silent” energy crisis – poor access to clean cooking energy. Over 20 million households and about 122 million Nigerians depend on primarily wood as a source of fuel for cooking. This is despite the abundance of modern cooking energy sources including natural gas. According to the WHO report on use of fuelwood, traditional use of firewood is estimated to cause 95,000 deaths annually in Nigeria. After malaria and HIV/AIDS, this is Nigeria’s third highest killer of mostly women and children. The traditional cooking method is expensive, burning up to 90% more wood than is necessary and costing poor families money that could be put to better use on education, health and nutrition. Even though the country is one of the world’s largest exporters of LPG, most Nigerian households rely on firewood for cooking. The cooking energy poverty is felt most among persons who are affected by internal and external crisis such as refugees and internally displaced persons. In North East Nigeria, persons displaced by the Boko Haram crisis are facing severe challenges in meeting their basic needs including access to cooking energy and... read more
Nigeria Clean Cooking Forum

Nigeria Clean Cooking Forum

The Nigeria Clean Cooking Forum is slated for Monday, November 28, 2016. This year’s edition is hosted by the Federal Ministry of Environment and the Nigerian Alliance for Clean Cookstoves. Attendance is free but registration is compulsory. To attend or exhibit at this event, kindly register here. Spaces are very limited therefore admittance to this event will be on a first come, first serve basis. We look forward to welcoming you at the... read more
The EU Ambassador visits Katsina Project

The EU Ambassador visits Katsina Project

The European Union Ambassador; His Excellency, Michel Arrion recently undertook a four-day visit to Katsina State from 11-14 October 2016. This is the first time he is visiting the state and the purpose of the visit was to assess the progress of Improving the Fuelwood Balance Project which seeks to among others facilitate adoption and use of at least 35,000 clean cookstoves in the state. The project, funded by the European Union with support from the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves is also working on state government’s collaboration for scalability and sustainability. The Ambassador visited several project sites in three of the seven LGAs where the project is being implemented. He was quite impressed with the tree nurseries established and the efficiency and number of clean cookstoves distributed. He advocated that the beneficiaries should ensure the project’s sustainability by adopting the use of clean cookstoves to drastically reduce the cutting down of trees. To reiterate the problem of land degradation affecting Nigeria, the Ambassador premiered a movie at the Umaru Musa Yar’Adua Auditorium which was widely attended by the Governor; His Excellency, Hon. Aminu Bello Masari, Deputy Governor; Alhaji Mannir Yakubu, dignitaries and students of the Institution. The movie titled “Nowhere to Run” highlights the realities of desert encroachment in the North and Coastal erosion to the south thereby boxing Nigeria into the middle. Indeed, there is nowhere to run! To conclude his mission, he paid courtesy visits to the Emirs of Katsina and Daura where he solicited the support of the Royal Highnesses for the success of the project. The two Royal Highnesses expressed commitment and support towards... read more
Senate President commits to Clean Cooking Energy for All

Senate President commits to Clean Cooking Energy for All

The President of the Senate, Senator Abubakar Bukola Saraki has assured Nigerians of the Senate’s commitment to universal access to clean cooking energy in Nigeria. He made the declaration while hosting the members of the Nigerian Alliance for Clean Cookstoves who paid him a courtesy call. In his remarks, the National Coordinator of the Nigerian Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, Mr Ewah Otu Eleri told the audience that over ninety-five thousand Nigerians, mostly women and children, die annually as a result of smoke from the kitchen. According to Mr Eleri, “smoke from the kitchen is the highest killer of Nigerians, after malaria and HIV/AIDS. Cooking should not kill”, he told the senators. He urged the Senate President to support the goal of ten million clean solutions delivered to Nigerian households and institutions by 2020. In his submission, “Nigeria has all it takes to achieve universal access to clean cooking. Our country is one of the world’s largest producer and exporter of cooking gas, known as LPG. Despite that, only about five percent of households in our country use cooking gas”, Mr Eleri said. Senator Abubakar Bukola Saraki, President of the Senate exchanging views with Ewah Otu Eleri, National Coordinator of the Nigerian Alliance for Clean Cookstoves and Executive Director of ICEED. Other speakers included Mr Daniel Isiocha, a manager with a leading LPG company, Techno Oil Limited. According to Mr Isiocha, Techno Oil is currently constructing a cylinder manufacturing plant in Lagos and has just commissioned the building of a gas terminal. He lamented that the switching cost to LPG is very expensive. He urged the Senate President to support... read more
Support an IDP, donate a stove

Support an IDP, donate a stove

ICEED is piloting Safe Access to Fuels and Energy in Malkohi IDP camp, Adamawa State where there has never been any humanitarian provision of fuel-efficient stove. In Malkohi camp, over 90% use firewood for cooking inefficiently and they were desirous of having fuel-efficient cookstoves. This project supported by Australian High Commission (AUSAID) has trained IDPs in Malkohi and host communities in the production and use of fuel-efficient cookstoves. Already these IDPs are producing high-quality efficient wood stoves. Here is therefore an opportunity to support IDPs in the North East. ICEED calls on the general public to support these IDPs by purchasing stoves from them. Please note that you can buy as many as you can and donate to other IDP families in other camps. To donate a stove, kindly call +234 9 783 1151 or reach us at... read more
GIZ SUPPORTS STOVE MANUFACTURERS ON CLEAN COOKSTOVES PRODUCTION

GIZ SUPPORTS STOVE MANUFACTURERS ON CLEAN COOKSTOVES PRODUCTION

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in partnership with the International Centre for Energy, Environment and Development (ICEED) has just concluded the training of stove manufacturers on the production of various sizes of efficient wood stoves for rice parboiling. The trained manufacturers will produce and supply at least 450 clean cookstoves to rice processing individuals, groups and cooperatives in Niger State. The trained manufacturers include Roshan Global Services Ltd,Nenu Stoves and SOSAI Renewable Energies Company.     This capacity building programme is part of the Clean Cooking Intervention of the Nigeria Energy Support Programme (NESP) being jointly implemented by GIZ and Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing. NESP aims to create a market for improved rice parboiling stoves in Niger State.  The programme built the capacity of participants on the design and production of highly efficient clay/bricks and metal/bricks institutional and agro-processing woodstoves. “The programme has increased my understanding in the principles of designing highly efficient institutional woodstoves. Before now, I used to think institutional woodstoves were difficult to design and produce. Now my perception has changed. I will take the technologies we learnt beyond Niger State” said Happy Amos; a female stove entrepreneur and a beneficiary of the stove production training. The training was hosted by the ICEED Resource Centre, Afikpo (IRECA) – Nigeria’s leading renewable energy education... read more
Is 10 Million Clean Cookstoves by 2020 threatened?

Is 10 Million Clean Cookstoves by 2020 threatened?

“By 2020, the energy sector will be the major engine of the nation’s sustainable social, economic and industrial growth, delivering affordable and constant energy supply efficiently to other sectors of the economy” – Federal Government’s Vision 20: 2020 Several Nigerian families are climbing down the energy ladder. With the devaluation of the Naira, the prices of LPG and kerosene have soared and families are going back to firewood use. This is a big threat to the Nigerian Alliance for Clean Cookstoves’ goal to introduce 10 million fuel efficient and clean cookstoves to Nigerian homes and institutions by 2020. The Federal Government’s Vision 20: 2020 for the energy sector laid out plans for expanding access to modern energy services including cooking energy. One of the five strategic plans for the sector is to achieve energy supply security by utilizing the nation’s renewable energy resources (including wind, solar, hydro and biomass) to diversify the energy consumption mix. These visions of the Federal Government of Nigeria and the Nigerian Alliance for Clean Cookstoves are being undermined by the declining access to modern cooking energy services. The cost of LPG and cylinders have further gone up. Access to kerosene has also declined in recent times. Today, many families are climbing down the cooking energy ladder. According to the National Bureau of Statistics, 72% of Nigerian households depend primarily on firewood for cooking. The time to act is now. The Federal Government of Nigeria has over time developed policy documents that outline strategies for expanding access to modern cooking energy services. There is a need for review and holistic adoption and implementation of these... read more

Partner of the Month

Partner of the Month
Women’s Initiative for Sustainable Environment (WISE) is the Partner of the Month of November!
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