Africare Nigeria launches “Upgrade to Gas” Campaign

Africare Nigeria launches “Upgrade to Gas” Campaign

Africare Nigeria launched their Behavioural Change Campaign (BCC), tagged “Upgrade to Gas” in Lagos state and Abuja from 25-28 July 2017. The Campaign, funded by the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves seeks to increase awareness, adoption and use of LPG cookstoves among households in Nigeria. Prior to the launch, Africare had engaged with key stakeholders and project influencers including Nigeria LPG Association (NLPGA), Gas to Health Initiative, Lagos State Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, the LPG Retailers Association (LPGAR), UN Women, Solar Sisters, Techno Oil, Women in LPG (WINLPG) Nigeria Chapter and the Nigerian Alliance for Clean Cookstoves (NACC) among others. Officials from the NLPGA have also trained staff of Africare on various aspects of LPG use and basic fire safety. On the occasion of the launch of the campaign at Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), Abuja, the representative of the Ministry of Petroleum Resources, Mrs Brenda Ataga, Special Adviser, Downstream, promised that the ministry will do everything possible to ensure that gas is affordable, available and accessible to households. She stated that the ministry has a programme in the pipeline that will support women to start gas businesses (marketing and distribution to rural communities). Mrs Sube, representing the Federal Ministry of Health, emphasized the need for everyone to switch to LPG as a cleaner and healthier alternative to firewood and charcoal. Mrs M.M Abam, representing the Energy Commission of Nigeria pledged the commission’s willingness to support Africare in achieving their objective as it is part of the commission’s mandate. The launch was also attended by representatives of Nigerian Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas, Federal...
Australia Empowers IDPs in Adamawa

Australia Empowers IDPs in Adamawa

The Australian High Commission in partnership with the International Centre for Energy, Environment and Development has provided institutional clean cookstoves to Internally Displaced Persons in Malkohi and Fufore camps in Adamawa State. This is the second time in 2 years the High Commission is providing the much-needed support in expanding access to safe fuels and energy for IDPs in the State. This initiative has built the capacity of over 200 IDPs including women and youths in the state on efficient household and institutional woodstoves production, installation and sales. The stoves, produced using locally sourced raw materials, significantly reduce emissions of harmful gases compared to the traditional three-stone stoves. Firewood consumption with the new stoves is reduced by about 60% thus making a very significant saving on the cost of cooking fuel. In addition, the cooks have achieved better health as a result of less exposure to smoke. Furthermore, the introduction of the stoves has made the IDPs an important agent in the fight against deforestation and climate change. According to Hauwa Ali, the Chief cook in Malkohi camp “The new stove cooks faster than the 3-stone stove with little quantity of firewood. With the old stove, we do not sleep well at night due to exposure to the heat in the kitchen and our eyes are always itchy and red but the new stove is smokeless and there is no heat”, she said. Access to fuel-efficient stoves, cooking fuel and lighting is usually a minimum standard in humanitarian response. However, while clean cookstoves and lighting are all recognized as life-saving non-food items provided to IDPs, these minimum requirements are...
ECREEE & ICEED CONDUCT COOKSTOVES TRAINING

ECREEE & ICEED CONDUCT COOKSTOVES TRAINING

The ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) in collaboration with the International Centre for Energy, Environment & Development (ICEED) conducted a capacity building programme for scientists and representatives of the clean cooking energy industry in West Africa on clean cookstoves testing and standards. The training programme held at the ICEED Clean Energy Development Centre in Afikpo, Ebonyi State from June 5 – 9, 2017. It brought together about thirty (30) participants from Benin, Cape Verde, Gambia, Ghana, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo to learn the latest developments on stove testing and standards and forge collaboration among West African countries. Testing and standards are important to growing the market for the clean cooking energy solutions in the region. Lack of standards and regulations for clean cookstoves hinders stove manufacturers’ efforts to differentiate their stoves, and also prevents consumers, investors and donors from making informed decisions. Despite the importance of stove testing and standards, a majority of countries in the region do not have testing laboratories and lack the required capacity and awareness on stove testing and standards. The event introduced the participants to the various stove testing protocols and the requirements for completing a stove test, analysis and certification. Participants were also introduced to the Laboratory Emissions Monitoring System and its application in stove testing, analysis and certification using the Water Boiling Test (WBT) Protocol. There was hands-on training for everyone on stove testing, results entry, analysis and the process of grading and certifying stoves in Tiers. The event also discussed the development of national and regional standards for clean cookstoves and the participation...
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...
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...
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...