Energy playing a bridging role in the humanitarian-development divide

Energy playing a bridging role in the humanitarian-development divide

The Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) in collaboration with COOPI and SET4Food Initiative organized a full day seminar on the role energy can play in bridging the humanitarian-development divide. The seminar was held at the FAO Headquarters in Rome, Italy on January 18, 2018. The seminar highlighted the implications of ignoring energy in linkages between humanitarian and development support and how providing access to energy for displaced populations can bridge the humanitarian-development divide. Pertinent case studies from the field were presented. They illustrated how energy needs and related risks and challenges can be better understood, quantified and addressed. The case studies provided an opportunity of sharing various technologies, approaches, methodologies, good practices and lessons learned. They further gave insight into how energy is an enabler in bridging the humanitarian-development divide and how it can contribute to sustainable and durable solutions for affected populations as well as the ways in which current approaches can be improved to achieve this goal. Senior officers, experts, humanitarian and development practitioners from UN agencies such as FAO, IFAD, UNHCR, WFP and IOM in addition to representatives from EU, COOPI, USAID, GACC, academic institutions as well as NGOs including ICEED Nigeria, OXFAM (Kenya) and FAAM (Chad) participated in the seminar. Jonas Bervoets, Programme and Operations officer, FAO Nigeria made a presentation on “Coordinating Energy Aid: Maiduguri Local SAFE Working Group” and emphasised the key role of coordinating approaches and programmes in the delivery of humanitarian aid in general and energy aid in particular. Due to the multisectoral challenges of energy access, the coordination mechanism has a key role to play in...
CONSISTENT ENERGY is the Partner of the Month of January!

CONSISTENT ENERGY is the Partner of the Month of January!

In this interview, the Managing Director, Segun Adaju shares their activities in the clean cookstoves sector.   Give us a brief introduction about your organisation. What are the objectives of your organisation? Consistent Energy Limited was incorporated in January 2015 with a mission to provide affordable, reliable and clean energy for small businesses for productive uses. With the huge energy deficiency in the country and the impact on productivity and growth, the company was restructured into a private company limited by shares and to take advantage of the huge opportunities that exists in Nigeria for productive uses of renewable energy. Consistent Energy has played significantly in the clean cookstove sector covering last mille distribution, market development, finance and consultancy. The company has consulted for various organisations such as Heinrich Boell Foundation, ICEED, Ministry of Environment, commercial banks and several microfinance banks in developing a finance framework for the distribution of clean cookstoves. The company distributes cookstoves manufactured Envirofit and Roshan Global Resources. We have also partnered with UNDP Small Grant Project and D-Prize to promote the use of clean cooking technologies in Makoko Waterfront of Lagos State.   What does your organization seek to achieve in the Nigeria’s cooking energy market? Consistent Energy aims to distribute 1 million clean cooking technologies by year 2030 to both retail and commercial users of clean technologies. We also target to provide end-user finance for over 80% of the beneficiaries of our products. Our focus is on distribution of clean cookstoves and we work with wholesale manufacturers. We aim to make clean energy technologies affordable for end-users.   Can you tell us about...
METHANO-GREEN ENERGY is the Partner of the Month of December!

METHANO-GREEN ENERGY is the Partner of the Month of December!

In this interview, the Managing Director, Abdulrasheed Umar Farouk shares their activities in the clean cookstoves sector.   Give us a brief introduction of your organisation. What are the objectives of your organisation? Methano-Green Energy is a subsidiary of RASHBAB Engineering Service fully registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission. Methano-Green Energy specializes in general metal constructions, production of efficient household and institutional charcoal cookstoves, biogas production, and other renewable energy products. The company was formed in 2015 to take a front role in the manufacturing and provision of clean and renewable energy products with state-of-the-art designs and an added advantage of being multipurpose. The company believe that skills, diligence and precision are the three ingredients for corporate successes.   What does your organisation seek to achieve in Nigeria’s cooking energy market? We seek to become the market leader in offering clean cookstoves that are economical, environment-friendly, efficient, multipurpose and life-saving. We want to be front-runners in the manufacturing, sales, and distribution of various designs of our clean cookstoves and consistently grow our customer base.   What are the opportunities in the business environment that have supported your organisation’s involvement in the clean cookstove sector over the years? Over the years, people in our business environments have been seeking for better and cheaper mode of cooking. Realising that our cookstoves meet their needs, and have other benefits too, they are more than happy to patronize us. This has served as a huge opportunity for marketing our products.   How are your customers reacting to your products in the market – benefits of using your product? We conducted a product-satisfaction survey...
Stakeholders’ Adopt Standards for Biomass Cookstoves in Nigeria

Stakeholders’ Adopt Standards for Biomass Cookstoves in Nigeria

The Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON) in partnership with the Nigerian Alliance for Clean Cookstoves (NACC) and other key stakeholders has finalized and adopted standards for efficient biomass cookstoves in Nigeria. The standards now await the final approval of the Executive Council of the Standards Organization of Nigeria for it to become effective.  The standards will serve as a guide to the manufacturers, importers and users of biomass cookstoves in the country. It will help ensure that only quality cookstoves are found in the Nigerian Market. The Technical Committee meeting which held on December 14-15, 2017 at Golden Tulip Essential Hotel, Lagos state had in attendance key stakeholders from the Standards Organization of Nigeria,  Federal Ministry of Women Affairs, Energy Commission of Nigeria, Consumer Protection Council, Envirofit Nigeria, Deva Access and Empowerment International Ltd Gtee, National Centre for Energy Research and Development (NCERD) of University of Nigeria Nsukka, National Centre for Energy Efficiency and Conservation (NCEEC) of the University of Lagos, National Stove Eligibility Laboratory, Consumer Rights Awareness Advancement and Advocacy Initiatives, APPA – Nigeria among others. The meeting also resolved that sensitization and awareness of the standards should begin almost immediately. The drive towards the standardization of cookstoves in Nigeria has been ongoing since 2013 and many technical committee meetings have been held before this final...
KIAKIAGAS LIMITED is the Partner of the Month of November!

KIAKIAGAS LIMITED is the Partner of the Month of November!

KIAKIAGAS LIMITED is the Partner of the Month of November!  In this interview, Ifeanyi Emmanuel Uwandu shares their activities in the clean cookstoves sector. Give us a brief introduction to your organisation. What are the objectives of your organisation? Kiakiagas is an energy provider currently engaged in LPG retailing, bulk supply and clean energy emerging market development. Kiakiagas started as Nigeria’s first online energy outfit offering quick & safe delivery of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and its related products to Nigerian homes and industries. What does your organisation seek to achieve in Nigeria’s cooking energy market? Kiakiagas foresees LPG taking over wood/kerosene as the primary source of cooking energy in Nigerian and has rolled out its flagship LPG business (Gaspreneur Scheme) laying the foundations for a national conversion scheme from traditional forms of cooking energy as outlined in the National Gas Policy. What are the opportunities in the business environment that have supported your organisation’s involvement in the clean cookstove sector over the years? The overall goal of the National policy on LPG signed in 2017 by the Federal Government is to promote its wider use towards the attainment of Five Million (5,000,000) MT utilisation in 5 years. This solidifies the Federal Government’s commitment to stimulating consumption; enabling KiaKia Gas and her GASPRENEUR SCHEME as a viable player in the LPG value chain as we create profitable LPG businesses to partake in the emerging clean energy sector and bridge the distribution gap between the suppliers and the end users. How are your customers reacting to your products in the market – benefits of using your product? Our solution has...