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...
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...
Nigeria Clean Cooking Forum 2017 in Abuja

Nigeria Clean Cooking Forum 2017 in Abuja

Unison voice among stakeholders: the need of the hour is to upscale Made-in-Nigeria Clean Cookstoves!   Highlights The Federal Ministry of Environment and Nigerian Alliance for clean cookstoves resolved to continue to work on expanding access to clean cooking solutions in Nigeria The legislative arm of government will work with the executive arm to ensure adequate legislation that supports small and medium scale clean cookstoves manufacturers in line with the Made –in –Nigeria campaign LPG is a key factor in the National Gas Policy and the Federal Ministry of Petroleum plans to support the availability and distribution of LPG nationwide There is a need for a change in LPG cylinder’s market structure. An exchange system rather than a purchase system is recommended Adequate financing is urgently needed to scale up domestic production of clean cookstoves Standards and labelling of clean cookstoves is key in expanding the market Clean cookstoves should be upscaled in humanitarian as well as early recovery contexts The Federal Ministry of Environment, in partnership with the Nigerian Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, organized the Nigeria Clean Cooking Forum 2017 where a new course was charted for the promotion of Made-in-Nigeria clean cookstoves. The event which was held on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at Sheraton Hotel, Abuja had in attendance over 200 stakeholders from government, the private sector, NGOs/CSOs, finance institutions, the international community as well as the media. The forum was unanimous in supporting the efforts of the Federal government to scale up domestic production of clean cooking solutions in Nigeria as well as contributes to meeting the country’s obligation to the United Nations climate change agreement...
Carbon Credit Network is the Partner of the Month of October!

Carbon Credit Network is the Partner of the Month of October!

NACC organised clean cooking campaign tagged #NGRCleanCooking, to see who among its partners would have the most engagements on Facebook and Twitter while showcasing their clean cooking activities in Nigeria. Carbon Credit Network emerged as the winner. In this interview, the Business Development Associate; Oluwakemi Otu shares their activities in the clean cookstoves sector. Give us a brief introduction about your organisation. What are the objectives of your organisation? The Carbon Credit Network is an enterprise division of SMEFUNDS, a renewable energy advocacy organization that has been responsible for the training, support and success of a network of purpose-driven professionals. Our mission is to promote, educate and sell commendable and highly innovative renewable energy, biofuel and solar-powered solutions to commercial and residential markets across Africa. We are building a massive network of individuals whose collective actions would contribute to a remarkable offset in the quantity of carbon and greenhouse gasses being emitted to the environment. What does your organisation seek to achieve in Nigeria’s cooking energy market? We want to end kerosene generation and our goal is to provide low-cost, clean and safe energy (Lighting & Cookstoves) for low-income households. We use social marketing to economically empower our independent distributors through Carbon Credit Earnings thereby lifting them out of poverty while fighting climate change in Africa. What are the opportunities in the business environment that have supported your organisation’s involvement in the clean cookstove sector over the years? The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves has provided financial support and capacity building training to us which has gone a long way in positioning our organization as a major player in...
Nigeria Clean Cooking Forum 2017

Nigeria Clean Cooking Forum 2017

The Nigerian Alliance for Clean Cookstoves in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Environment and other stakeholders are organizing the Nigeria Clean Cooking Forum on November 28, 2017 at Ladi Kwali Hall, Sheraton Hotel, Abuja. The theme of the Forum is “Clean Cooking Energy for All in Nigeria – Scaling up domestic production”. The theme is in alignment with the Federal government’s policy option of promoting “Made in Nigeria” products to develop local content, create employment and empower people as well as enhance the economy. The Nigeria Clean Cooking Forum is an important, annual gathering of stakeholders working to accelerate the production, dissemination, and use of cleaner, more efficient cookstoves and fuels. The forum will bring together key policymakers, private sector leaders, research institutions, development partners and civil society actors to commit to the goal of Clean Cooking Energy for All in Nigeria. It will support the efforts of the Federal Government to scale up domestic production of clean cooking solutions in Nigeria as well as contribute to meeting the country’s obligation in the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC). The one-day forum will discuss and come up with actionable steps the government can take to stimulate local production of clean cookstoves. It will examine how public awareness of LPG can contribute to strengthening the LPG market in the country. The forum will further discuss how to access financing for clean cookstoves as well as the relevance of clean cookstoves data in attracting financing. There will also be discussions about the role of standards and labelling in expanding the domestic market for clean cookstoves; promoting Safe Access to Fuels and Energy...