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...
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...
Caritas boost sales of locally-made fuel-efficient wood stoves

Caritas boost sales of locally-made fuel-efficient wood stoves

The Catholic Caritas Foundation of Nigeria has boosted the sales of efficient wood stoves produced by local potters in northern Nigeria. In February 2017, Caritas took delivery of 2,000 stoves produced by the potters thus putting money in their pockets 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 and improve health. In addition, firewood savings leads to reduced environmental degradation and desertification as fewer trees will be cut down for the purpose of cooking. To support clean cooking in institutions, Caritas provided efficient institutional woodstoves to Stella Maris Preparatory Seminary, Uyangha and Immaculate Conception Seminary, Mfamosing in Akamkpa Local Government Area, Cross River State. Designed in East Africa and produced by ICEED, the stove reduces firewood consumption by 80%. It eliminates smoke from the kitchen and ensures improved health for the institutions’ cooks. The International Centre for Energy, Environment and Development (ICEED) in partnership with the Nigerian Alliance for Clean Cookstoves is supporting the development and adoption of highly efficient low-cost stove models and helping to build entrepreneurship among local farmers, potters and skilled artisans in...
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....