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ECOWAS partners ICEED on cookstoves testing and standards – Press release

ECOWAS partners ICEED on cookstoves testing and standards – Press release

In collaboration with the International Centre for Energy, Environment & Development (ICEED), the ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREE) is training scientists and representatives of the clean cooking energy industry in West Africa on testing and standards. The training programme held at the ICEED Clean Energy Tr2C 2017 brings together about thirty representatives of the clean cooking industry in West Africa to learn the latest developments on stove testing and standards and forge collaboration among West African countries. Over 90% of households in the ECOWAS region are dependent on traditional use of wood as a primary energy source for cooking. Globally, smoke from the kitchen results in over four million deaths annually. Traditional cooking methods are also expensive, burning up to 90% more wood than is necessary and costing poor families in West Africa money that could be put to better use on education, health and nutrition. In welcoming the participants, the Chairman of Afikpo North Local Government Council, Chief Oko Enyum applauded ECOWAS and its agency ECREEE for providing leadership in dealing with the important problem of access to clean cooking energy. According to him, “Afikpo is proud to host representatives of almost all the countries in West Africa on such an important issue. We are a peace loving people and our town presents an ideal location for knowledge based work and investments”. He thanked ICEED for helping in building skills for the West African region. Testing and standards are key to growing the market for the clean cooking energy soket for the clean cooking energy solutions in the region. Lack of standards and regulations... read more
NEWMAP Commences Stove Distribution in 7 States

NEWMAP Commences Stove Distribution in 7 States

The Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP) have commenced the dissemination of households and institutional clean cookstoves in its seven (7) pilot states. This is part of the multifaceted efforts by NEWMAP to manage the gully erosion and watershed challenges in Nigeria as well as reduce the rate of deforestation in the pilot states. The seven (7) pilot states are southern states with acute gully erosion – Abia, Anambra, Cross River, Ebonyi, Edo, Enugu and Imo States. The project will stimulate demand and create the market for clean cookstoves in Nigeria with an initial focus on these pilot states. The flag-off of the stove dissemination was a one-day ceremony which took place in Enugu State at Ugwunto community, Udi Local Government Area. It was attended by traditional rulers, members of the community, staff and state coordinator of NEWMAP. Ebonyi, Cross-River and Edo states have also flagged off their dissemination within the project communities. The project will compliment the National Clean Cookstove Market Development Programme (NCCMDP) which is an initiative of the Federal Government of Nigeria through the Federal Ministry of Environment. It is being developed with assistance from the Nigerian Infrastructure Advisory Facility (NIAF) in collaboration with the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves and the Nigerian Alliance for Clean... read more
WEA and WISE empower women in Kaduna on clean cooking

WEA and WISE empower women in Kaduna on clean cooking

Women’s Earth Alliance (WEA) USA in partnership with Women Initiative for Sustainable Environment (WISE) Nigeria organized a training program for Kaduna State Women on Clean Cookstoves from May 24 – 28, 2017 at Jacaranda Farm Resort in Kaduna State. The event was an opportunity to promote women leadership and entrepreneurship, gender equality and contribute to the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). During the event, women entrepreneurial skill was built on clean cookstoves distribution and they formed a network to advocate for clean cooking at the local and national levels. As part of the event, a one-day ‘Cookstoves Fair’ was held where some partners of Nigerian Alliance for clean cookstove exhibited their products. The fair facilitated face-to-face business interaction between participants and manufacturers of clean cookstoves. 30 women entrepreneurs were paired in twos, forming a team of 15. Each team plans to commit to a specific action plan for the year of training in order to develop and scale their business and outreach program. The organizers will give a grant of N105,000 to each team to kick-start the procurement of clean cookstoves, provide follow-up support for each team, and link them to micro-finance for loans to scale up their businesses. Women were chosen because they are typically the primary household energy managers and they have more interpersonal interactions with other members of their communities than men. It is expected that through this training, the women entrepreneurs will reach about 13,000 people in Kaduna State in the next one year. This will help empower fellow women leaders in their communities, and break the structural barriers which limit the success... read more
GACC supports three enterprises with CSG in Nigeria

GACC supports three enterprises with CSG in Nigeria

The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves (GACC), with financial support from Shell Corporation (Shell) is providing support to grow the early stage, for-profit clean cookstoves enterprises in Nigeria through its Catalytic Small Grant (CSG) program. Three enterprises emerged as winners of the Catalytic Small Grant Program (CSG) in Nigeria among 57 applications received by GACC. The enterprises are Roshan Global Services Ltd, Nenu Engineering Ltd, and Sosai Renewables Energies Company. These companies were selected through a competitive process and an in-depth on-site due diligence was also conducted. The size of the grant for the 3 enterprises is approximately $110,000 for a period of 1 year. The CSG is one of GACC financial windows aimed at creating a thriving clean cookstoves market in their priority countries of which Nigeria is one. The grant will support machinery/factory upgrade and equipment purchase, marketing activities, recruitment of management teams as well as working capital for the enterprises among others. The GACC will continue to provide grant management support to the... read more
Caritas boost sales of Katsina-made fuel-efficient woodstoves

Caritas boost sales of Katsina-made fuel-efficient woodstoves

The Catholic Caritas Foundation of Nigeria has boosted the sales of efficient wood stoves entrepreneurs in Katsina State. In February 2017, Caritas took delivery of 2000 stoves produced by trained local potters in Katsina State. This puts money in the pockets of several local stove producers and food on the table for their families. Caritas is a leading humanitarian organisation in Nigeria. It plans to distribute these stoves in Cross River State. The fuel-efficient woodstoves reduce wood consumption by 60% and as such, save money, cooking time, improves health and protects the environment from degradation and desertification as fewer trees will be cut down for the purpose of cooking. In addition to the household stoves, the organisation also provided institutional cookstoves to Stella Maris Preparatory Seminary, Uyangha and Immaculate Conception Seminary, Mfamosing in Akamkpa Local Government Area, Cross River State. The International Center for Energy, Environment and Development (ICEED) in collaboration with Oxfam Novib are supporting the development of highly efficient low-cost stove models and are helping to build entrepreneurship among local farmers and potters. The 4- year project on “Improvement of Fuelwood balance in selected LGAs of Katsina State” is funded by the European Union. The project aims to improve fuel wood balance in Daura, Mashi, Zango, Mai’Adua, Sandamu, Dutsi and Baure LGAs of Katsina State. A significant part of this project is to improve the livelihood of households in the 7 LGAs by building entrepreneurial capacities of men and women to produce fuel efficient wood stoves and develop market for these products. CARITAS Foundation’s purchase increases the income of the stove entrepreneurs as well as ensures healthy... read more
GACC Launches Catalytic Small Grant Program in Nigeria!

GACC Launches Catalytic Small Grant Program in Nigeria!

The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves (GACC) with funding support from Shell launched a Catalytic Small Grant Program (CSG) in Nigeria. The CSG is one of GACC financial windows aimed at creating a thriving clean cookstoves market in their priority countries which includes Nigeria, Bangladesh, Ghana, Kenya, Uganda, China, Guatemala and India. Prior to launching a CSG in a country, a Boost workshop is usually organised to train early-stage clean cookstoves and Fuel companies on how to articulate and document their business plans so they can be better positioned to attract funding, improve their businesses as well as compete for the CSG. The Boost Workshop is usually a two day in-person workshop with modules on social impact model, target market and value proposition, marketing, sales and partnerships, financial model and growth strategy. The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves (GACC) and the Global Social Benefit Institute (GSBI) housed at Santa Clara University’s Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship in partnership with the Nigerian Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, Wennovation Hub and with support from Shell Nigeria hosted the “Boost Workshop” on Wednesday and Thursday, January 25-26, 2017. During the workshop, clean cookstoves entrepreneurs were equipped with tools to apply for future grants, investments, awards, and capacity development programs. The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves (GACC) received 57 applications and shortlisted 17 to attend the Boost workshop. Participants worked through a series of “learn by doing” modules that enabled entrepreneurs to learn concepts while they developed business plan elements specific to their social enterprise. During the workshop, every social entrepreneur presented an executive summary they created using the output of all the exercises.... read more
Call for Expression of Interest for Stove businesses

Call for Expression of Interest for Stove businesses

The International Centre for Energy, Environment and Development (ICEED) is leading the Cookstove Component of an EU funded Project in 7 Local Government Areas in Katsina. The cookstove component of the project has an overall aim of producing and disseminating 35,000 stoves to households within the duration of the project. This call for Expression of Interest is aimed at Fuel Efficient Stove producers to participate in the production of these stoves so as to meet the 35,000 target. CLOSING DATE: February 28, 2017, 5.00 PM. Eligibility criteria • Extensive knowledge of efficient household and institutional biomass cookstoves • Demonstrated competence in the production of highly efficient household and/or institutional biomass stoves using locally available materials • Demonstrated competence in the dissemination of highly efficient household and/or institutional biomass stoves • Provide evidence for the dissemination of at least 1,000 locally produced household and/or institutional biomass stoves in the last 2 years • Demonstrated ability to set up operations in north-west Nigeria Prospective Stove Producers should fill the Expression of Interest form using the following link http://bit.ly/EOI-Form Completed forms should be submitted together with the following documents: • Brief presentation of your company, including availability of appropriate capacities and skills among staff • Reference list demonstrating experience with similar assignments & conditions in concerned geographic areas. • Contact information about your organization The Expression of Interest and accompanying documents must be received by ICEED not later than 28/02 /2017. Interested Stove Producers should send their accompanying documents to info@iceednigeria.org and adedamola@iceednigeria.org and it should clearly indicate EOI FOR STOVE PRODUCTION AND DISSEMINATION IN KATSINA STATE. For more information, please contact... read more
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

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