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 meeting.