By Prince Okafor
The Nigeria Energy support programme, NESP, has called on Standards Organisation of Nigeria, SON, to speed up its testing facility for lightening and refrigeration.
The Head, Unit Energy Efficiency Unit, German International Cooperation, GIZ, Dr. Charles Dakoua Diarra, who made the call in Lagos, said that most of the energy equipment coming into the country’s market are not properly labelled according to global standard for energy consumption.
He said: “SON have been doing it best, together with the support of the United Nations Development Programme, UNDP, and other international organisations, yet the testing facility for lightening are not accredited, so they don’t meet international standard, though they are working on it to make it accredited.”
Speaking on how energy efficiency can reduce greenhouse gas, GHG emission, he said: “Despite the fact that the key focus in the energy sector in Nigeria today is on improving power supply generation, there is a need to simultaneously formulate and implement energy efficiency programmes in the various sectors of the economy. This will reduce power shortage and to increase the competiveness of the industrial sector through the reduction of production costs through energy savings.
“In improving the sector energy efficiency plays a critical role in addressing energy security, environmental and economic challenges. Reduced energy cost would also give policy makers greater latitude for reducing electricity subsidies and to cut carbon dioxide, CO2 emissions and mitigating climate change.”
Also speaking, the leader of the working group “Climate and Development at the Mercator Research Institute on global commons and climate change group, Berlin, Dr. Jan Christoph Skeckel, said the major constraints affecting the 21th century population are environmental and social challenges.
“The climate change mitigation does not mean that developing countries have cut down their economic and industrial activities to avoid emission but to integrate mitigation into the countries development objectives as for example concentration on renewable energy production.
“Revenue should be invested into other development goals like improving the access to electricity, water or sanitation,” he said.