By Emmanuel Elebeke
Going by a recent global report, about 60 percent of gaseous emissions come from energy generation which is said to be contributing significantly to global warming, leading to climate change.
Sequel to this development, one of the ways that have so far been identified to reduce the impacts of energy generation on the fragile environment and at the same time increase access to electricity is the development of of energy efficiency projects and programmes.
This formed the basis for a two day training workshop for members of Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, organized by Global Environment Facility, Energy Commission of Nigeria, Federal Ministry of Environment and Centre for Energy Efficiency and Conservation in Lagos.
Apart from having members of MAN in attendance, the workshop also had environmental scientists and experts who brain stormed on factors militating against Nigeria actualizing the energy efficiency plan of GEF and UNDP.
In the course of the training, it became obvious to all that energy efficiency would play a pivotal role in the mitigation of climate change. In fact, this was asserted in the fourth assessment report of the intergovernmental panel on climate change.
Speakers who spoke at the occasion, were unanimous in describing energy efficiency as the key driver of sustainable development in many economies in the world.
According to them, efficiency measures like energy auditing and use of energy efficiency equipments have the potential of promoting economic growth and can lead to job creation and saving of personal income.
National Coordinator of Global Environmental Facility, GEF and UNDP Energy Efficiency programme, Mr. Etosa Uyigie said GEF and the Federal government considered the training necessary because of the huge benefits derivable from energy efficiency. He noted that the partnership had since inception sunk millions of dollars into the climate change project.
He listed some human activities responsible for depletion of the climate system as industrial waste, bush burning, deforestation, vehicular discharge, gas flaring and air craft emission. These he said had resulted into rise in sea level to about 20cm per decade, desert encroachment, which results into atomic inbalance in the Ozone layer and CF6 depletion and increase in cancer burden.
The GEF programme Coordinator said effort must be made to prevent +2 degree increase of global temperature from the present +1 degree, which if allowed to happen could be dangerous for mankind to inhabit in.
As part of measures to achieving energy efficiency in Nigeria, Uyigie said Nigerians, especially manufacturers must begin to adopt attitudinal change towards energy consumption, adopting energy efficient appliances and also avoid the wasteful consumption of power.
“What we are trying to let people know is that when they save energy, they make it available for another person. The current 4,000 mega Watts of electricity being generated in the country would be enough to go round the people if the citizens minimize the use and avoid wastage.”