MAN to Implements gef- UNIDO  Funded  Industrial Energy Efficiency Projects in Nigeria

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By Alli Franklin

LAGOS: THE Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) has been shouldered with the responsibility to implement the Global Environmental Facility (gef), and the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO)’s Industrial  Energy Efficiency (IEE) , and Resource Efficiency and Cleaner Energy Production (RECP) projects in Nigeria.

Oluyomi Banjo, UNIDO Representative,  disclosed this during the gef-UNIDO capacity building workshop for media stakeholders, across Tv, radio , and online newspapers.


At the event which took place yesterday in Lagos, Oluyomi told the participants that the project is being implemented to support the attainment the of the goals set in ‘2030 Agenda  for Sustainable Development, and the Davos 2015 Declaration  on RECP.’

Oluyomi, who was represented by Mr. John Bangoili,  also called upon the federal government to put a policy in place that will help to encourage the utilization of the IEE, and RECP by manufacturing industries in the country.


He said that companies who invest in the IEE and the RECP Project will hugely reap the gains of their investment in terms of lowering the costs of their production, waste reduction and reusable, reduction in CO2 emissions as well as the promotion of clean environment.

TARGETS SECTOR


He said that the targets sector are : Food and Beverages Industry, Petrochemicals, Textiles; Wood and Furniture, Basic Metals/ Iron and steel  within the industrial zones in Lagos, Ogun, Kano; Kaduna , Onitsha, Abuja, Aba / Warri, and Port Harcourt.

Mr. Oladipo Jacob, the National Project Coordinator, added that the project is to support 75 industries in these sectors.

Subcribe To The Project – BoI
Dr. Ezekiel Oseni, representative of the Bank of Industry, also enjoins  companies in the Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), and the large enterprises to subsidise to the project because of the huge amounts of money they are spending on fossil fuels like diesel and petrol.


In a presentation on IEE, Obafemi Adejumo, Energy Academy Manager at Ecowatt Nigeria Limited, noted that globally, industries use 50 percent of energy from fossil fuels which are dangerous to humans and the environment, citing CO2 emissions from factories and its effects on climate change.

” IEE is the use of less energy (from sun, wind, hydro) to perform the same task or produce the same results,” he said.
Again, he said that by switching to IEE, and RECP,  companies can save  alot of money . “You can reduce 100 thousand litres of waste  water  to 75 thousand,” he said.

Further, Clement Yari, an RECP Consultant at Hospitalia Consultantaire, noted that the implementation of the RECP concept is not new globally but is new in Nigeria.
He said that the RECP focuses on production Efficiency, Waste Reduction, and the environment because the environment is a key determinant of health and social well-being.


He said that for companies to implement it very well, they need the help of an RECP consultant, adding ” there are available grants to be accessed by companies who have subscribed to the  project.”

Globally, industries use 50 percent of energy from fossil fuels which are dangerous to humans and the environment, citing CO2 emissions from factories and its effects on climate change.

In response, Segun Ajayi- Kadir, the Director-General of MAN, lauded the gef-UNIDO for have brought the project to Nigeria, and domicile it in MAN.
He called on all the stakeholders to  work together with the association in order to ensure that it is successfully implemented.
” The project is not what one organisation alone can implement,” he said.

PHOTO: IEE Expert Obafemi Adejumo, Energy Academy Manager at Ecowatt Nigeria Limited, fielding questions from the participants during the training.

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