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...
Boosting Clean Cooking Entrepreneurship

Boosting Clean Cooking Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurs working in Nigeria’s clean cookstoves sector received innovative training at a workshop designed to help them better attract funding and improve their businesses. 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 and support from Shell Nigeria hosted a program called “Boost” on Monday and Tuesday, October 19-20, 2015. The program designed specifically for early-stage social entrepreneurs helped to prepare clean cookstoves businesses in Nigeria to apply for grants, investments, awards, and develop their capacity. Entrepreneurs worked through a series of “learning by doing” modules that enabled them to learn concepts while they developed business plan elements specific to their social enterprise. For entrepreneurs in the program, outcomes included higher quality applications to incubators, accelerators, challenges and potential funders as well as identification of gaps in their business model. The Boost Program is 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. At the end of the workshop every social entrepreneur presented an executive summary they created using the output of all of the exercises. They were given feedback to enable them to strengthen it and use as their “elevator pitch” to investors and on applications. Using the materials developed by the entrepreneurs, they would be able to access other grant funding and investment opportunities. About 15 early stage cookstoves/fuel enterprises that have been in operation for at least 1 year attended the workshop in Abuja. Two participants...
N9.2 billion clean cookstove project could create 100,000 jobs in Nigeria

N9.2 billion clean cookstove project could create 100,000 jobs in Nigeria

Nigerian Alliance for Clean Cookstoves calls for support to local production The Nigerian Alliance for Clean Cookstoves is a public-private partnership to save lives, our forests and empower women by providing safe and sustainable cooking solutions to households and institutions in Nigeria. The Alliance seeks to achieve these goals by influencing public policies, strengthen the supply chain for cooking energy solutions and enhance the demand for safe and sustainable cooking energy. Partners of the Alliance include key federal government agencies, companies, donors, NGOs and the media. The Nigerian Alliance is deeply concerned over the implementation of the Federal Government of Nigeria’s N9.2 billion clean cookstoves project. Over 95,000 Nigerians, mostly women and children die annually from smoke from the kitchen. This is Nigeria’s third highest killer after Malaria and HIV/AIDS. In addition, Nigeria loses 3% of its forests annually partly as result of the cutting of trees for firewood. If the N9.2 billion set aside for this project was properly used, the lives of thousands of Nigerians and our forests would be saved and our women and youths will be empowered with new job opportunities. Partners of the Alliance are worried that controversies created by alleged lack of transparency and accountability in the award and implementation of the N9.2 billion project will damage the reputation of this emerging clean energy industry. Further, we are also concerned that the initiative focuses on the importation of stoves that can easily be produced by Nigerians. By investing this money in Nigeria, we could have created thousands of new jobs and supported new and existing small businesses. The Alliance is further concerned about...
Stakeholders reject government’s free stoves

Stakeholders reject government’s free stoves

There is a growing national momentum to tackle problems associated with cooking energy in Nigeria. Recently, over one hundred stakeholders representing energy companies, policy makers, donor agencies and NGOs gathered in Abuja to deliberate over rising challenges of cooking energy. This is coming on the heels of the Federal Government’s award of a contract of N9.6 billion for the supply of clean cookstoves, NNPC’s launch of the “kerosene correct” campaign as well as a new presidential initiative on cooking gas soon to be launched. In his welcome address, Ewah Eleri, the Executive Director of the International Centre for Energy, Environment & Development (ICEED) and the Coordinator of the Nigerian Alliance for Clean Cookstoves claimed that Nigeria is facing a silent energy crisis. “Twenty five million households cook with wood in traditional open fire. Smoke from the kitchen kills over 100,000 women and children every year. It leads to deforestation and costs poor families money and time that could be used for food, education and health care. The time to act is now!”, he said. He thanked the Federal Government, the Nigeria LPG Association and the organised private sector for rising to the challenge. The Minister of Environment, Mrs Laurentia Mallam restated her ministry’s commitment to work with the organised private sector to ensure an effective implementation of the N9.6 Billion clean cookstoves project. The Minister used the opportunity of the conference and expo to meet with partners of the Nigerian Alliance for Clean Cookstoves. She emphasised the need to ensure that Nigerian producers of clean cookstoves and fuels participate in the project. In his presentation, Robert van der Plas,...