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Stakeholders commence the validation of the Draft National Clean Cooking Policy

 

The National Clean Cooking Committee under the Interministerial Committee on Climate Change has commenced the validation of the  Draft National Clean Cooking Policy which was first presented during the Nigeria Clean Cooking Forum which held on October 6-7, 2022. A final review meeting held at the conference room of the International Centre for Energy, Environment and Development (ICEED) on 24th November 2022. A final draft copy of the policy was produced at the end of the meeting and will undergo final validation by stakeholders in a workshop in December 2022.

Huzi Mshelia, a legal and policy specialist, presided over the meeting and presented the draft copy for review after highlighting clean cooking regulations and action plans in other countries with comparable levels of development, such as Ghana, Kenya, and Uganda. He walked the members of the committee through the many topics, fuels, and obstacles in their promotion, and offered methods to increase their growth. He requested the committee to provide clear and actionable suggestions for the draft policy.

The meeting extensively examined the necessity for specific targets for the expansion of each of the technologies described in the proposed policy. The meeting further deliberated on the institutions that might help drive the implementation of the policy. The committee members mandated the consultant to incorporate these concerns and present a draft for deliberation in the next meeting. To ensure the new policy has executive backing, the committee members present resolved to lead advocacy so the Federal Ministry of Environment can present the policy to the Federal Executive Council for executive approval.

ICEED, with support from the Heinrich Boell Stiftung (HBS) and the Clean Cooking Alliance (CCA), is working with the Federal Ministry of Environment and the Nigerian Alliance for Clean Cooking to develop a Clean Cooking Policy for Nigeria. When completed, the policy will provide a clear long-term pathway and strategy for improving the enabling environment for expanding clean cooking access in Nigeria.

Gas to Health Initiative is the Partner of the Month of November! In this interview, the Secretary, Board of Trustees, Betty Ugona shares their activities in the clean cookstoves sector.
  • Give us a brief introduction about your organisation. What are the objectives of your organisation?
Gas to Health Initiative (GTHI) is a non-profit and non-governmental organization with a firm resolve to bridge the gap between the private sector and government obligations. We set the ball rolling by promoting the growth of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) consumption in Nigeria.  Our primary objective is to sensitize Nigerians on the benefits of using LPG as the best cooking fuel through massive awareness campaigns and free distribution of cylinders and its accessories.
 
We are a registered member of the Nigerian Liquefied Petroleum Gas Association (NLPGA) and Abuja Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (ABUCCIMA).
 
  •  What does your organisation seek to achieve in Nigeria’s cooking energy market?

We seek to ensure a rapid shift of the energy market towards LPG as the most efficient cooking fuel and simultaneously reduce environmental degradation and promote a healthier environment. We have piloted LPG cylinder distribution outreaches in Bayelsa, Anambra, Enugu, Benue, Gombe, Kano and Kwara states. We have also had outreaches with Federation of Muslim Women Association in Nigeria (FOWMAN) and Christian Care for Widows, Widowers, the Aged and Orphans Association (CCWA) among others.
  • What are the opportunities in the business environment that have supported your organisation’s involvement in the clean cookstove sector over the years?

We have partnered with some organizations and major plant owners to empower especially the women and promote the use of LP Gas.
 
  • How are your customers reacting to your products in the market benefits of using your product?

Our product is cleaner and healthier than other cooking fuels.  It is also very cheap, affordable and available. It is non-toxic and reduces indoor air pollution.  In addition to the outreaches named earlier, we have also reached out to many local food vendors, commonly called mama put”. Our beneficiaries have testified that our intervention was a life-changing encounter for them.  They all noted that they enjoy using LPG as it is incomparable to other fuels. Using LPG has been stress-free, improves their health, saves time, and it is very clean – no more soot in the house and kitchen, they all remarked.
 
  • Job creation and the empowerment of women seem to be increasingly important. How has your organization helped to drive employment generation and the empowerment of women?
Women empowerment is at the heart of all we do. We have empowered many women in the rural and urban areas by educating them on the safe use of LPG and have distributed thousands of  LPG gadgets free of charge to the general public including women and local food vendors.
 
  • If you are asked to advise the federal government of Nigeria on policy options, what are the three most important things the government can do to expand the market?
GTHI believes that the federal government has an important role to play in the following areas:
Relaxing some tax regimes that are currently stifling operators in the sector (by exempting VAT and reducing import duties on LPG and its accessories) so that LPG can be more affordable and domestic consumption can be increased.

>  Take the lead in the development of infrastructure - this includes a ready logistic system to enable quick accessibility of the product and a strong financial platform.

>  Launch a national awareness campaign and women empowerment program.
 
  • If an enabling environment is not created by the government, what future risks do you envisage?
The task of achieving the needed growth in the nation’s LPG sector is a clarion call to all stakeholders in the industry and the government in particular. If an enabling environment is not created by the government, many Nigerians will depend heavily on the use of unclean fuels for cooking, such as firewood, charcoal and kerosene. This will increase the rate of deforestation and environmental degradation and hamper the growth of the economy.
 
  • Where do you envisage your organization to be in the next 5 years in terms of production?
Our future aspiration is to visit the unreached rural areas and create massive awareness campaigns, educate the masses on the benefits and uses of LPG as well as institute a coordinated sustainable cylinder distribution scheme.  In line with our objectives, in the next 5 years, GTHI will become and be rated as the foremost independent organization, promoting safe and healthy use of LPG, improving the health of people and increasing access to LPG throughout the nation.
 
  • What risk does your business face and what is your biggest challenge?
Our biggest challenge is funding. As a non-governmental organization, we can only train and empower few people that our limited resources can accommodate.
 
  • What are your suggestions for moving the cooking energy market forward in Nigeria?
To move the cooking energy forward in Nigeria, more collaboration from the government agencies, stakeholders, NGO’s etc. is required. We also need more advocacy and empowerment program, especially for low-income earners.  We call on all interested parties to partner with us in educating and creating awareness on the use of LPG in the 6 geo-political zones and on cylinder distribution.
 
  • Is there any other thing you would like to share?
Thanks for reaching out to Gas to Health Initiative, we are proud of the good work you are doing in promoting clean energy in Nigeria. We call on all stakeholders to partner with GTHI so we can achieve our laudable goal.

Quintas Launches a New “Industrial Biomass Burner”

Qunitas Renewable Energy, a partner of the Nigerian Alliance for Clean Cooking has designed and manufactured an Industrial 375kwe Biomass Burner used as heat source for a Rotary dryer.  Knowing that Nigeria generates over 159million metric tonnes of solid waste as agro-residue (Simonya & Fasina, 2012) and her sawmill industries generate over 2million metric tonnes of sawdust annually (Abubakar Sambo, 2008). The works of Ojolo of UNILAG show that gasification of 10kg of biomass generates same quantum of clean heat energy equivalent to that 1litre of diesel. Diesel sells for about N800 per litre in the market today, it makes economic sense that biomass can be an easier substitute for in Nigerian industries. Using Updraft or Toplit Updraft (TLUD) Gasification technologies, Quintas Renewable Energy Solutions Ltd has been able to design and build industrial biomass burners that can use municipal, agro or forest-residues as fuel to generate from 36kwe to 1MWe of clean heat energy. Quintas has the capacity to build burner with over 1Mwe heat generation. The Quintas biomass burners will serve as clean renewable energy heat sources for off-grid agro-industial processing, drying machines in big industries and steam generation from boilers.
 

BURN Partners with Carbon Neutral Royalty on Carbon Financing for Fuel Efficient Cookstoves

BURN, a member of the Nigerian Alliance for Clean Cooking, partners with Carbon Neutral Royalty (CNR) on carbon financing for fuel efficient cookstoves. BURN is an international cookstove company into designing, manufacturing, and distributing of fuel efficient and durable cookstoves. Over the last 12 years, BURN has built a successful business while proving that cookstoves can deliver transformative social, financial, and environmental impacts. BURN's solar-powered facility in Nairobi, Kenya has existing cookstove production capacity of 3,000,000 per year and expects to expand production capacity to 12,000,000 per year by 2025. The joint venture will finance BURN's expansion plans globally, with BURN entering Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, DRC, Nigeria, and Ghana in 2022. BURN's cookstoves help to reduce the prevalence of health issues and significantly reduce carbon emissions from traditional cooking methods, estimated to reduce emissions to only one-tenth of traditional cooking methods.Apart from the health and cost benefits of BURN's cookstoves, each Jikokoa cookstove, on average, reduces 5 tons of CO2 emissions per annum. Research calculated that the avoided environmental damages in terms of greenhouse gas emissions are equal to $147/stove/year5. It is estimated that the 2.1 million cookstoves sold to date by BURN has already reduced 11 million tons of CO₂ and saved 6 million tons of wood from indigenous forests.

 

Carbon Neutral Royalty (CNR) Ltd is a recognised carbon financing specialist with a mission to restore the world through removing and avoiding emissions. CNR has been granted the rights to finance BURN's global cookstove manufacturing and distribution operations in return for a share of carbon credits from produced cookstoves.

Aspire Small Business Fund

Closing: July 1, 2023
Aspire Small Business Fund with a size of US$ 10 million, was incorporated in July 2013 to serve growth-oriented small enterprises in the Niger Delta region. The aim of the fund is to create sustainable employment, economic growth and social development through the provision of business development assistance, risk finance (US$ 10,000 to US$100,000) and market linkages to viable, growth-oriented small enterprises. The fund plans to invest in 160 businesses in the Niger Delta, create over 800 sustainable jobs by 2019; and improve an estimated 4,000 livelihoods.
Eligibility criteria:
  • Your business operates in the Niger Delta region
  • Your business is for profit
  • The business is owner-operated and/or the owner is substantially involved in running the business
For more information, please click: https://vc4a.com/grofin/aspire-small-business-fund/


Development Innovation Ventures

Closing: December 31, 2023
Development Innovation Ventures (DIV) is USAID’s open innovation program that tests and scales creative solutions to any global development challenge. DIV provides flexible, tiered grant funding to test new ideas, take strategic risks, build evidence of what works, and advance the best solutions. DIV looks for solutions that demonstrate rigorous evidence of impact, cost-effectiveness, and a viable pathway to scale and sustainability.Proposals are accepted year-round across three stages, from any type of organization, in any country in which USAID operates.

Stage 1: Proof of Concept (Up to $200,000 – up to 3 years)
Stage 2: Testing and Positioning for Scale ($200,000 to $1,500,000 – up to 3 years)
Stage 3: Scaling ($1,500,000 to $5,000,000 – up to 5 years)
Evidence Generation Grants (up to $1,500,000)

In addition to tiered funding, DIV provides evidence grants (up to $1,500,000) to support research and evaluations that generate rigorous evidence of an innovation’s impact per dollar and potential for expansion. Applicants should apply to the level that best matches their current scale and evidence base.
For more information, please click.Development Innovation Ventures | U.S. Global Development Lab | U.S. Agency for International Development (usaid.gov)
>> December 14, 2022, Validation Workshop for Draft National Clean Cooking Policy, Abuja, Nigeria

>> January 16-18, 2023, World Future Energy Summit, Abu Dhabi, UAE,
https://www.worldfutureenergysummit.com/
 
>> March 13-17, 2023, IPCC 58, Intertaken, Benn, Switzerland
https://sdg.iisd.org/events/58th-session-of-the-ipcc-ipcc-58/
 
>> July 17-20, 2023, Women Deliver Conference, Kigali, Rwanda
https://womendeliver.org/conference/wd2023/
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