Clean Cooking Saves Lives

Nigeria Clean Cooking Forum 2023

Join the Nigerian Alliance for Clean Cooking (NACC) and key stakeholders for the Nigeria Clean Cooking Forum taking place in Abuja, Nigeria from October 5-6, 2023.

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The two-day Forum brings together key policymakers, private sector leaders, research institutions, civil society stakeholders and international partners to support an enabling environment to expand access to clean cooking, strengthen supply and enhance demand; as well as create new jobs and social inclusion through the availability of affordable clean cooking solutions to the poor and most vulnerable.


Confirmed Speakers at the NACC 2023 Forum:


    Day 1, October 5th
    Day 2, October 6th
    Day 1, October 5th


    9:00 – 10:00 WAT

    Arrival and Registration of Participants/Tea & Coffee

    10:00 – 11:30 WAT

    Opening Session


    The lack of access to clean cooking is Nigeria’s silent energy crisis. Despite significant energy resource endowment, only one in ten households in Nigeria cook with clean cooking energy sources and technologies, such as electricity, LPG or improved biomass stoves. Traditional cooking with firewood is claiming over 114,000 lives annually. After Malaria and HIV/AIDS, it is the third highest killer of women and children. The widespread use of fuelwood for cooking in traditional three-stone stoves contributes to the loss of nearly 400,000 hectares of forests annually. Already emissions from residential cooking represent about 55 million metric tonnes CO2e and about 700,000 metric tonnes of PM2.5 emissions, a major source of Short-lived Climate Pollutants.

    If current policies are allowed to continue, by 2030 60% of all households in Nigeria will still be cooking with traditional forms of fuelwood use. Only two percent would have made the transition to cooking with electricity, while a paltry one percent will cook with improved cookstoves. Under a business-as-usual scenario, smoke from Nigeria’s kitchen will be responsible for the premature death of 384, 000 people by 2030. If Nigeria does not change course on clean cooking access, emissions from cooking will amount to about 72 million metric tonnes of CO2e and will produce short-lived climate pollutants of over 900 metric tonnes PM2.5 emissions. Full scale action on clean cooking energy alone can almost account for nearly all of Nigeria’s unconditional emission reduction commitment to the Paris Agreement.

    In October 2022,

    during the Nigeria Clean Cooking Forum, stakeholders met and came up with the following outcomes:

    • – Urgent need to develop an implementation strategy for Draft National Clean Cooking Policy;
    • – More involvement of sub-national actors in clean cooking;

    • – Establishment of a holistic data collection system;

    • – Integration of financial institutions into the clean cooking sector; and

    • – More involvement of humanitarian stakeholders among others.

    During this session, key government officials will be committing to a common cause of advancing private partnership for clean cooking solutions in Nigeria.


    Ewah Eleri, Executive Director, International Centre for Energy, Environment & Development (ICEED) and Chairman, Board of Trustee of Nigerian Alliance for Clean Cooking (NACC)

    11:30 – 12:00 WAT

    Exhibitors Pitch/Tour of Exhibition stands

    12:00 – 13:00 WAT

    Session 1:

    Pathways to accelerate private sector investment in Nigeria clean cooking industry

    (Synopsis of Session 1)

    The Nigerian Energy Transition Plan (ETP) estimates that over 175 million Nigerians lack access to Clean Cooking solutions with consequences to gender, health and the environment. The de-carbonization strategy of the Energy Transition Plan (ETP) in the Net-Zero scenario targets an uptake of 50% LPG with 44% reduction in GHG emissions (-22 MtCO2e) as compared to business as usual by 2030. It also proposed a 100% replacement of high and low emission fuels by electric cookstoves, biogas and efficient firewood by 2060 resulting in 69 MtCO2e) emission reduction, in its net zero scenario. It also identified a $1.8 Billion clean cooking investment opportunity partly funded by government and private sector. A further provision of $150 million of guarantees and de-risking instrument such as first loss guarantees, local currency financing infrastructure fund, FX risk guarantee, payment risk guarantees and carbon market facility to incentivize the private sector and attract capital in clean cooking.

    Both public and private investors must invest more capital in the clean cooking sector, increase climate finance and build innovative financial mechanisms that enable rapid and inclusive growth. This session will discuss how to mobilize investment, increase public funding and build an effective and innovative financial services market for the clean cooking sector so that we can have the types of financing needed to achieve clean cooking energy for all in Nigeria.


    Suraj Wahab Ologburo (Chief Executive Officer, Toyola Energy Group)

    Innocent Onah (Head, Department of Natural Resources, African Development Bank)

    Abiodun Okunola (Head, Development Finance Department, Central Bank of Nigeria)

    13:00 – 14:00 WAT


    14:00 – 15:00 WAT

    Session 2:

    Promoting innovative financial mechanisms for clean cooking solutions in Nigeria

    (Synopsis of Session 2)

    Innovative finance is required to unlock streams of financing that will help meet the country’s clean cooking targets. At the current rate of funding, clean cooking energy for all will not be possible by the required year of 2030, but rather sometime around the year 3000. Access to innovative finance sources such as carbon finance has the potential to significantly bridge this funding gap. In several countries, access to carbon finance has helped in lowering the retail cost of clean cookstoves. Under the defunct CDM, projects obtained CERs – or carbon credits for over ten or twenty-one-year periods. A regular Jiko with Tier 2 standard could deliver about three CERs, often sufficient to pay for the total cost of distribution and retailing of these stoves. By paying the total or partial cost of these stoves, poorer households are able to transit to cleaner cooking. While the financing framework for the Paris Agreement is yet to be finalized, project developers are using Gold Standard and bilateral carbon financing deals. Carbon traders such as Toyola Energy Group, Envirofit Nigeria, Impact Carbon, UpEnergy Group, among others are developing carbon assets from the Nigeria clean cooking industry.

    In this session, a keynote speaker will discuss how critical innovative financial mechanisms such as concessional and blended finance by development finance institutions will help catalyze private sector participation as well as results-based financing (RBF), including climate and carbon finance. Innovative finance experts as well as key carbon finance organisations with presence in Nigeria will also present their current activities and future plans. The session will also discuss the challenges of carbon financing in Nigeria and the way forward in using it as a critical tool to addressing the funding needs of enterprises and the affordability gap for consumers.


    Lindsay Caldwell Umalla (Senior Portfolio Manager, Ventures Team, Clean Cooking Alliance)

    Dr. Tobi Oluwatola, (Executive Director, CJID, and Senior Energy Adviser,  UK Nigeria Infrastructure Advisory Facility).

    Simba Mudimbu, (Senior Portfolio Manager, Ventures Programs, Clean Cooking Alliance)

    Suraj Wahab Ologburo, (Chief Executive Officer, Toyola Energy Group)

    Toyin Oshaniwa, (Carbon Operations Lead, UP Energy Group)

    Chioma Ome (National Coordinator, Solar Sisters)

    Femi Oye, (Chief Executive Officer, SMEFunds)

    Biodun Olaore, (Chief Executive Officer, Envirofit Nigeria Ltd)

    15:00 – 16:00 WAT

    Session 3:

    Strengthening the Clean Cooking Value Chain

    (Synopsis of Session 3)

    Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG), electric cooking, improved biomass cookstoves (ICS), biofuel and other renewable-fuel value chains are emerging nationwide. The LPG, value chain is quickly becoming firmly rooted in the Nigerian market. The LPG value chain has the greatest potential for growth in the short term, in particular in urban and peri-urban households. The majority of cylinders currently in circulation in Nigeria are owned by customers and most LPG distributors do not have the means to invest in purchasing cylinders. While LPG is generally perceived to have the greatest potential for growth in urban and peri-urban areas, ICSs are seen to have particular potential in rural areas, where fuelwood has greater affordability and accessibility. The ICS value chain is still reliant on carbon finance, public funds or donor grant, and has not scaled up despite a growing range of manufacturers, importers and distributors with proven products and business models. While the rate of market growth is still far from able to support a scale-up phase, it is estimated that several tens of thousands of Nigerian households are shifting to cleaner fuels and cookstoves yearly. The biofuel/ethanol/methanol is also growing at a very slow rate. This also applies to the briquettes value chain.

    This panel brings together important actors in the clean cooking value chain to discuss interventions needed to strengthen the value chain; how to broaden the distribution channels; role of the productive/institutional sector as well as the subnational actors towards a strong value chain. It will also discuss progress in the sectors as well as challenges and way forward.


    Okey Esse, (Chief Executive Officer, Power Stove Ltd)

    Ruben Walker, (Co-Founder/CEO, African Clean Energy (ACE))

    16:50 – 17:00 WAT

    Wrap up

    End of Day 1

    Day 2, October 6th


    9:00 – 10:00 WAT

    Arrival/Registration/Tea and Coffee

    10:00 – 11:00 WAT

    Session 4

    Compliance of Private Sector Stakeholders in upholding standards, certifications and best practices

     (Synopsis of Session 4)

    Private sector stakeholders play a crucial role in upholding standards, certifications and best practices in clean cooking and compliance to these guidelines is essential to ensure the delivery of safe and efficient clean cooking solutions. Adherence to recognized standards and certifications will help to ensure the quality and safety of clean cooking technologies. In Nigeria, the Standards Organisation of Nigeria developed and adopted standards for LPG as a product. They also developed standards for the equipment’s: cylinders, machineries, accessories etc. The Standards Organization of Nigeria further provided leadership in the development of standards for biomass cookstoves in Nigeria. The Standards was adopted in 2017. It provides a level playing ground for manufacturers and consumers of clean cooking solutions. It addresses the design and production requirements, minimum energy performance and emissions outputs and safety features as well as ratings for different categories of stoves based on performance.

    It is important for private sector stakeholders to comply with the standards and promote best practices in the design, manufacturing, distribution and maintenance of clean cooking solutions. Some of these practices may include product quality control, user education, after-sales support as well as waste management. Private companies can equally invest in research and development and collaborate with research institutions and non-profit organizations to improve clean cooking technologies, thereby making them more efficient, affordable and environmentally friendly which will lead to advancements in the sector. By upholding these standards, certification and best practices, private sector stakeholders can contribute to the wider adoption of clean cooking solutions, improve public health, reduce environmental impact, and promote sustainable development.

    This session will focus on the role of the private sectors in upholding standards, certification and best practices. It will discuss any challenges encountered over the years and proffer solutions on the way forward.


    Habiba Ali, (Managing Director and CEO, Sosai Renewable Energies)

    Christopher Obi, (Chief Executive Officer, Nenu Engineering Ltd)

    Etulan Ikpoki, (National Coordinator, BURN Manufacturing Ltd)



    11:00 – 12:00 WAT

    Session 5:

    Role of Public -Private partnership in accelerating demand for clean cooking solutions

    (Synopsis of Session 5)

    Lack of access to clean energy and use of traditional cooking systems have severe negative effects on health, especially among women and children, and on the environment. Clean cooking initiatives, products and business models must be designed based on a variety of human needs and experiences, user practices and preferences, and consumer affordability levels, considering diverse cultural and socio-economic contexts. Innovations in both technologies and business models need to continue to drive down the costs of clean cooking technologies and fuels, and to evolve with user needs and preferences to deliver affordable, energy efficient solutions. The demand for efficient and clean cookstoves is still very low in Nigeria. Heads of households, who are often men, do not always know the value proposition that cleaner cooking solutions bring. The inability to pay the upfront cost of new cooking solutions reduces the demand for clean cooking energy among poor households. The gender gap needs to be closed to accelerate demand for clean cooking solutions in the country. Higher participation of women across diverse levels and sectors in the clean cooking market will spur country wide growth and advancement.

    This session brings together experienced public and private experts to discuss how best to accelerate the demand for clean cooking technologies and fuels and close the gender gap so that no one will be limited by how they cook. It will further explore factors influencing consumers’ adoption of clean cooking technologies and fuels, and identify the main drivers and barriers to clean cooking from a consumer perspective and suggest how best to advance clean cooking solutions in Nigeria.


    Segun Adaju, (Chief Executive Officer, Consistent Energy Ltd)

    Dr. Iniobong Abiola-Awe, (Director, Department of Climate Change, Federal Ministry of Environment)

    Olanike Olugboji-Daramola, (Chief Executive Officer, Women Initiative for Sustainable Environment)


    12:00 – 13:00 WAT


    13:00 – 14:00 WAT

    Session 6:

    Promoting clean cooking solutions for energy security and climate actions: Lessons from the humanitarian actors

    (Synopsis of Session 6)

    There have been several dispersed attempts to address energy needs of displaced populations. While poor energy access has major implications on the local environment, wellbeing, and social cohesion in displacement areas, it is not systematically part of the humanitarian response. There has, however, been an increased interest from the wider development community and humanitarian organisations to combine efforts to fill in the energy access gaps in displacement settings. Cooking energy in humanitarian settings is particularly challenging as food preparation is a basic need and for many displaced people firewood and sometimes charcoal is often the only available fuel option.

    This session will provide the status of humanitarian response to the energy challenges by critically assessing how energy for cooking is currently provided; how best to forge better partnerships and more meaningful collaborations between different stakeholders from both the humanitarian and the development sectors so as to help design better energy access models; and how best the private sectors can become more involved in providing cooking energy access even though the cooking energy sector is not widely considered to be mainly for profit-making.


    Elif G. Demir, (Coordination Lead, Global Platform for Action (GPA) on Sustainable Energy in Displacement Settings (Humanitarian Energy Exchange Network (HEEN) Coordinator), United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR))

    Dr. Yakaka Bukar Maina, (Energy Specialist, (Safe Access to Fuel and Energy), Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO))


    14:00 – 14:20 WAT

    Presentation of Communique

    14:20 – 14:30 WAT

    Closing Remark

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      Get to the venue

      Tsukunda House,1446, Off, Plot 1008 Constitution Ave, Central Business District, Abuja.