Nigerian energy associations are set to promote the implementation of energy efficient equipment across the country’s buildings. The Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON) and the Nigerian Energy Support Programme (NESP) have stated that it is critical for the country to adopt energy efficiency of equipment used in either residential or public buildings.

SON’s acting director-general, Dr Paul Angya, explained that his agency will facilitate access to information for consultants, set up and support the technical committee for air condition standards and labels that will support the promotion and creation of awareness in the country. “I believe that these recommendations, once approved, will not be difficult to implement because SON has been part of the committee, Already, equipment for the testing of lamps and refrigerators has been installed in SON. Equipment for the testing of air-conditioners will soon be installed.”Angya stated.

Explaining how the programme of the energy efficiency of equipment will be rolled out was Dr Charles Diarra, the head of the energy efficiency unit at NESP; he said this would be done through the introduction of appropriate energy efficiency policies, measures and demand-side management programmes. Diarra noted that these policies would strengthen the regulatory and institutional framework, develop monitory and enforcement mechanisms, provide training to appliance and equipment professionals, and launch a public outreach campaign to promote energy efficiency in Nigeria. He also stated that the initiative will be focused on three main appliances ; lamps, refrigerators and air conditioners  with labels provided on each appliance, that identifies how much energy is being saved by using these efficient choices.

Diarra added that his organization is willing to give its backing to any resolution reached to help both efficiency in energy use in the country and the safety of electrical appliances. He further highlighted that NESP has been active in the Nigerian economy, using various sources of engagement, including energy policy, rural electrification, capacity development and political reform support.

Diarra added that his organization has also supported programs for training managers in energy management efficiency, and that thus far, under its auspices, over 45 participants from 20 countries have been trained.

Maureen Nzeogu
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