Nigeria needs single policy to address clean cooking challenges, says Eleri

Nigeria needs single policy to address clean cooking challenges, says Eleri

Ewah Eleri is the Executive Director, International Centre for Energy, Environment & Development (ICEED) and top member of the Nigerian Alliance for Clean Cookstoves (NACC), a public private partnership. He spoke to CHINEDUM UWAEGBULAM on efforts to meet Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) and Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (SLCP) commitments. Traditional cooking with firewood and other polluting fuels are claiming lives, destroying the environment and putting a burden on women. Do we have clear-cut policies and strategies for low carbon energy development in Nigeria?According to available statistics from the World Health Organisation (WHO), smoke from the kitchen leads to 95,300 deaths yearly in Nigeria. After malaria and HIV/Aids, indoor air pollution is possibly Nigeria’s third highest killer. For those who survive the smoke there are serious health consequences. Children born to women who are exposed during pregnancy, risk low birth weight, impaired mental abilities and birth defects. In many ways, the lack of access to clean cooking is Nigeria’s silent energy crisis. But the costs are primarily borne by women. In many parts of the country, women and girls are responsible for fetching firewood. This is time that they could go schooling and doing other empowerment opportunities. Besides the drudgery of collecting firewood, women and girls also bear the additional burden of inhaling the deadly smoke. Curiously, issues of clean cooking hardly make it to the priority list of energy policy making. Beyond the health impacts, Nigeria has 3.5 per cent yearly rate of deforestation and loses approximately 350,000 – 400,000 hectares per year. The widespread use of wood for cooking contributes a sizeable share of deforestation, alongside expanding agriculture, bush...
FG moves to develop national policy on clean cooking

FG moves to develop national policy on clean cooking

  In a renewed effort to meet Nigeria’s Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) and Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (SLCP) commitments, the Federal Government has established a committee to develop a national policy on clean cooking and meeting universal access. The Federal Ministry of Environment inaugurated the National Clean Cooking Committee under the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Climate Change. The committee comprised of key stakeholders in the public sector, private institutions, development partners and civil society organisations among others. The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Environment, Musa Hassan, represented by Director of Human Resources, Mr. L. T. Adigwe, during his inaugural speech said the committee would tackle some of the complex issues that the clean cooking sector is facing, from the lack of an enabling environment to strengthening supply and demand of clean cooking in the country. According to him “over 75 per cent of Nigeria’s population still rely on solid fuel for their household cooking and heating needs, which poses threat to the health and safety of end-users, mainly women often accompanied by their children.” He attributed the lack of policy coherence and clear institutional leadership as a major barrier to realising the potential of clean cooking in the country. Hassan called for joint and cooperative efforts to tackle the problem of inefficient cooking nationally and globally as no individual organisation can confront the phenomenon alone. He assured that his ministry would continue to collaborate, support and provide the required leadership in ensuring a viable clean cooking sector in Nigeria. Earlier, the Director, Department of Climate Change, Federal Ministry of Environment, Dr. Iniobong Abiola-Awe, said: “Nigeria as a signatory to the United...
Federal Government of Nigeria Inaugurates National Clean Cooking Committee

Federal Government of Nigeria Inaugurates National Clean Cooking Committee

The Federal Ministry of Environment on Friday, May 27, 2022 inaugurated the National Clean Cooking Committee under the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Climate Change. The committee is saddled with the task of developing a national policy on clean cooking and meeting the federal government’s goal of universal access. The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Environment, Engr. Musa Hassan represented by Mr. L. T. Adigwe, Director of Human Resources, Federal Ministry of Environment during his inaugural speech mentioned that the committee is inaugurated to tackle some of the complex issues that the clean cooking sector is facing, from the lack of an enabling environment, to strengthening the supply and demand of clean cooking in Nigeria. According to him “over 75% of Nigeria’s population still rely on solid fuel for their household cooking and heating needs and this poses threat to the health and safety of end-users, mainly women often accompanied by their children”.He attributed the lack of policy coherence and clear institutional leadership as a major barrier to realizing the potentials of clean cooking in Nigeria. He called on joint and cooperative efforts to tackle the problem of inefficient cooking nationally and globally as no individual organisation can confront the phenomenon alone. While inaugurating the committee, he assured that his Ministry will continue to collaborate, support and provide the required leadership role in ensuring a viable clean cooking sector in Nigeria. In her welcome address, the Director of the Department of Climate Change, Federal Ministry of Environment, Dr. Iniobong Abiola-Awe stated that “Nigeria as a signatory to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate change (UNFCCC) and the Paris agreement has...
2022 International Womens Day (PRESS RELEASE)

2022 International Womens Day (PRESS RELEASE)

COOKING SHOULDN’T KILL: LET US PRESS FOR GENDER EQUALITY TODAY FOR A SUSTAINABLE TOMORROW International Women’s Day, usually celebrated on March 8, is a day when we celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women all over the world. The theme for 2022 International Women’s Day is “Gender Equality Today for a Sustainable Tomorrow” – a push for gender equality worldwide for a sustainable future. The Nigerian Alliance for Clean Cooking joins with many to press for progress in gender equality especially when it comes to the unpaid work and task associated with cooking. Nigeria suffers a “silent” energy crisis – poor access to clean cooking energy. Over 20 million households and about 120 million Nigerians depend on wood primarily as a source of fuel for cooking. It is recognized that women disproportionately make up this number. This is despite the abundance of modern cooking energy sources including natural gas.  The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that cooking in an open fire releases harmful toxic (especially particulate matter and carbon monoxide), which causes about 95,000 deaths annually in Nigeria. After malaria and HIV/AIDS, this is Nigeria’s third highest killer of mostly women and children. Cooking in an open fire in your kitchen is also likened to burning 400 cigarettes an hour. Cooking inefficiently using the traditional method (open fire), causes pneumonia in children, low birth weight babies, still birth, lung diseases etc. Moreover, it is expensive, burning up to 90% more wood than is necessary and costing poor families money that could be put to better use on education, health and nutrition. The use of efficient and...
Press Statement-NIGERIA TO DEVELOP CLEAN COOKING POLICY

Press Statement-NIGERIA TO DEVELOP CLEAN COOKING POLICY

The Federal Government of Nigeria is set to develop a clean cooking policy. This was the key message in the just concluded Nigerian Clean Cooking Forum organized by the Nigerian Alliance for Clean Cooking in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Environment and other partners, and with support from Heinrich Boell Stiftung (HBS) and the Nigeria Energy Support Programme (NESP). The two-day event, held on 5th and 6th October 2021, at the Sheraton Hotel, Abuja and brought together key policymakers, private sector actors, research institutions, women groups, academia, civil society stakeholders as well as international development partners to discuss the implementation plans towards achieving the clean cooking targets of the Paris Agreement. Speaking at the event, the Honourable Minister of State for Environment, Chief Sharon Ikeazor, stated that it is unacceptable that Nigeria should have the greatest number of people dying in Africa as a result of the lack of access to clean cooking. She pledged the Federal Government’s determination to develop a policy framework for clean cooking in the country. According to the minister, “there is already an inter-ministerial committee saddled with the responsibility of developing this policy. Furthermore, a sub-committee of the Inter-ministerial Committee on Climate Change will coordinate national efforts to address the challenges posed by the lack of access to clean cooking”. She declared that the Ministry is committed to integrating the outcomes of the forum in its NDCs implementation efforts and plans. In her goodwill message, the Honourable Minister of Women Affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen OFR, KSG, represented by Mrs. Funke Oladipo, thanked the Federal Ministry of Environment and the Nigerian Alliance for Clean...
NIGERIA CLEAN COOKING FORUM 2021

NIGERIA CLEAN COOKING FORUM 2021

Approximately 127 million people and more than 24 million households cook inefficiently in an open fire. This traditional cooking method is a silent killer. The smoke that emanates from this method of cooking causes 78,000 deaths in Nigeria annually according to the WHO. In fact, Nigeria experiences the highest number of smoke-related deaths in Africa; after Malaria and HIV/AIDS it is the biggest killer. Traditional cooking method is also unnecessarily expensive, costing poor families’ money that could be put to better use on education, health and nutrition. It also causes deforestation and contributes to the effect of climate change. Clean cooking will save lives, empower women, improve livelihood and combat climate change. It is a priority area in energy access that is central in achieving the goals of Nigeria’s Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) and Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) Initiative. It is estimated that adoption of clean cooking by 30million household can reduce about 60 million1 tons of CO2e. This will result to about 15% of Nigeria’s total emission reduction target. Even though clean cooking has many benefits, the rate of adoption by households and institutions has been very slow. The reasons are many: Inadequate efforts to scale up domestic production of clean cookstoves, insufficient access to finance, inadequate awareness about the benefits of clean fuels and stoves, weak government policies, no legislative framework, poorly developed supply chain among others. The two-day Nigeria Clean Cooking Forum brings together key policymakers, private sector leaders, foundations, research institutions, women groups and civil society stakeholders as well as international partners to discuss the implementation plans towards achieving the clean cooking targets in...
NACC Elects New Executives

NACC Elects New Executives

The Nigerian Alliance for Clean Cookstoves (NACC), a public private partnership that facilitates the growth of the clean cookstoves market in Nigeria is an initiative of the International Centre for Energy, Environment and Development (ICEED). NACC, which was launched in 2012, has been under the leadership of ICEED with ICEED hosting its secretariat. In a democratic move, new executives were elected to take over the management of the secretariat from ICEED during the 20th Partners’ meeting which held on September 27, 2018 in Abuja. The new executives will be responsible for the day to day running of the Nigerian Alliance as well as the management and administration of the affairs of NACC. Elected executives are: Prince Ene Okechukwu, Bier Collage Ltd (Chairman); Lawal Yakubu Gada, Greenado Int. Ltd (Vice Chairman);    Nkem Ibe, Khattar Resources (Secretary);   Michael O. Esho, Baloza Nigeria Ltd (Financial Secretary);  Princewill Okorie, Association of Public Policy Analysts (APPA) Nigeria (Public Relations Officer);  and  Umar Farouk Abdulrasheed, Methano Green Energy  (Welfare Officer). The positions of the Legal Adviser and Treasurer are still vacant. Prior to the election, the electoral committee drew up criteria for the election and ensured that the criteria were consistent with the provisions of the NACC Constitution. The committee further provided the mechanism for an open and transparent election, mobilized partners to ensure full participation in the election. The electoral committee members are representatives from the Energy Commission of Nigeria, Federal Ministry of Environment and Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development. The new executives highly commended ICEED for the great initiative and the giant stride achieved by NACC under its leadership. Some...
Health Futures Solutions Initiatives is the Partner of the Month of September!

Health Futures Solutions Initiatives is the Partner of the Month of September!

Health Futures Solutions Initiatives is the Partner of the Month of September! In this interview, the Executive Director of Programmes, Dr. Omede Ogu shares their activities in the clean cookstoves sector.   Give us a brief introduction about your organisation Health Futures Solutions Initiatives (HFSI) is a Non-Governmental Organization with a wealth of development experience in Management, Advocacy, Communication, Social Mobilization, Finance and Government Affairs. We provide expertise and specialist skills with the aim of creating value, maximizing growth or improving the business performance of our clients.   What does your organization seek to achieve in the Nigeria’s cooking energy market? Our organisation seeks to achieve greater partnership in Nigeria’s cooking energy market as well as ensuring lower operating costs, better processes and proven technology, methodology and approach.  We deliver a strategy to meet short-term and long-term goals and building a World-Class organization and sector.   Can you tell us about your clean cookstoves and clean cooking activities including your achievements? Our organization chairs the resource mobilization committee of the Nigerian Alliance for Clean Cookstoves. We provide an advisory role in strategy development and advocacy. We also participate in concept development.   What are your biggest challenges in carrying out your activities in the sector? Our biggest challenge working in the clean cooking sector is the weak state of the sector and the inability to utilize optimally offered advice. More so, the inability to create an effective review mechanisms impact on the activities of HFSI to the sector.   What are the benefits of your clean cooking activities to the consumers? Our activities enhance the knowledge of the sector...
Green Crew Africa Initiative is the Partner of the Month of August

Green Crew Africa Initiative is the Partner of the Month of August

Green Crew Africa Initiative is the Partner of the Month of August! In this interview, the Executive Director, Mr. Umar Surajo Nuhu shares their activities in the clean cookstoves sector.   Give us a brief introduction about your organization Green Crew Africa Initiative is a non-governmental, non-political and non-religious organization, an innovative Youth conservation organization with special skills that provides career Guidance/Counselling on sustainable development.  We have Chapters in Nigeria, Niger Republic, Benin Republic, Burkina Faso, Togo and Mali with proposed chapters in the rest of African countries. We give young people the knowledge and skills to start and manage their own green businesses and to apply entrepreneurial thinking to solving environmental problems. We envision making a real difference in African communities by promoting solutions that are essential to green economy. We currently manufacture and distribute clean cookstoves in rural and urban communities in Jigawa State, Nigeria.   What does your organization seek to achieve in Nigeria’s cooking energy market? We manufacture and distribute domestic and institutional clean cookstoves in Nigeria. We also through aggressive awareness and campaign in rural and urban communities provide economic, environmental, and social changes in the energy sectors as well as promote entrepreneurship opportunities in various communities.   Can you tell us about your clean cookstoves and clean cooking activities including your achievements? Our organization fabricates Biogas Digester and Efficient woodstove called E-1 Stove which is made of clay and scrap metal materials. Our cookstoves use small amount of firewood and briquettes.   Our cookstoves and biogas digester has helped address the issues of climate change and improve the livelihood of rural and urban communities in...
SON Approves National Standards for Biomass Cookstoves in Nigeria

SON Approves National Standards for Biomass Cookstoves in Nigeria

The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has approved the Nigerian Industrial Standard for biomass type clean cookstoves developed by the National Mirror Committee on Clean Cooking Solutions and Fuel Standards under the leadership of the Standards Organisation of Nigeria. The National Mirror Committee on Clean Cooking Solutions and Fuel Standards was constituted by the Nigerian Alliance for Clean Cookstoves. The development of the Standards was necessitated by the increase of different types of biomass clean cookstove with quality and safety issues in the Nigerian markets. Lack of standards and regulations for clean cookstoves hinders stove manufacturers’ efforts to differentiate their stoves and most stove manufacturers had to carry out individual field tests, which leave room for biased quality certifications. The drive towards the standardization of cookstoves in Nigeria has been ongoing since 2013. The Standards, prior to approval went through several reviews under the leadership of the Standards Organisation of Nigeria. The Standards Organisation of Nigeria had also convened Technical Committee meetings to look at the parameters in the standard for functionality of the cookstove and safety of the users. The approved standards entail the requirements for design, construction and safety considerations of the biomass cookstove and will ensure that only quality cookstoves are found in the Nigerian Market. The standards will serve as a guide to importers, manufacturers, and users of biomass cookstoves in the country and will help the Nigerian clean cookstoves market make significant progress toward better cookstoves and improved outcomes for consumers who use...