By Naomi Uzor
The Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has called on the Federal government to release the National Action Plan on climate change as soon as possible.
The Deputy Director, Training Information Management System, SON, Dr Justin Nickaf, who made this call, said the National Action Plan on climate change needs to be released by the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as soon as possible, adding that, the plan will outline the missions of the nation including National Mission for Enhanced Energy Efficiency (NMEEE).
He said the basic objective of the NMEEE mission is to ensure a sustainable growth by an approximate mix of 4 E’s, namely- Energy, Efficiency, Equity and Environment
“In one of the four components of NMEEE, namely, Perform Achieve and Trade (PAT), energy baseline parameters and energy saving targets are being fixed for 8 sectors of energy intensive industry including Thermal power stations under the relevant energy Act. PAT process will provide awareness to the manufacturing sector to how to establish energy performance baseline, normalize energy performance indicators, target fixation process and action plans to achieve target” he said.
He said in order to achieve the targets, as set , the plant is required to have a strong energy management system , well defined energy policy and qualified human resource.
“Nigeria will need to target some industrial sectors to define their energy policies and implement and train energy manager. Nigeria will need to train a pool of energy managers and auditors in order to have professionally qualified energy managers and energy auditors that will have expertise in energy management, project management, financing and implementation of energy efficiency projects, and policy analysis. If these is achieved it will be relatively easier for Nigerian industry to adopt ISO 50001 Standard” he stated.
According to him, a new international ISO 50001 standard, applicable to any organisation whatever the size, industry or geographical location, will benchmark energy management, and establish a framework for organization to manage energy use efficiently. It is estimated that the standard could influence up to 60 percent of the world’s energy use.
“This International Standard is based on the Plan-Do-Check-Act continual improvement framework and incorporates energy management in organization practices. It does not establish absolute requirements for energy performance beyond the commitments in the energy policy of the organisation and its obligation to comply with relevant legislation. Developing best practice guides on sector specific energy conservation technologies and methodologies will facilitate the implementation of ISO 50001,” he said.