By Abdul Hassan, Abuja.
Prof. Mohammad Haruna, Executive Vice-Chairman, National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI), says the agency is making inroads into renewable energy technologies.
Haruna made the declaration at the unveiling of the ‘Save 80 Efficient Cooking Stoves’, designed and manufactured by Atmosfair, Germany, in collaboration with NASENI.
He said: “With consideration of Nigeria’s Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) targets for emission reduction by 2030, the use of energy-efficient cooking stoves will boost it.
“NASENI hitherto had made several efforts in renewable energy technologies including biomass, wind energy and solar module manufacturing plant at Karshi, Abuja.
“Our progress in the production of solar cells locally will drastically reduce the per megawatt cost of clean electricity and making solar electricity available.”
The executive vice-chairman said that the local solar cells development would promote affordability of solar energy, while resulting in price reduction and bolstering the energy mix.
Haruna said: “This will help the nation to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Number 7, on ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and clean energy for all.
“It will also help in achieving Nigeria’s NDCs target on emission reduction by 2030.”
Representative of Atmosfair, Dr Dietrich Brockhagen, said that in line with Nigeria’s NDCs to the Paris Agreement, about 7.3 million efficient cooking stoves were envisaged to be in use in Nigerian households by 2030.
He said: “The intergovernmental panel on climate change has identified the decline of sub-Saharan forests as a tipping point for Ad ca, but for the entire world climate.
“So, we are all together in this and international cooperation will only strengthen our forces in combating global warming.
“Germany is too much dependent on Russian gas, Nigeria depends on firewood, but we can cooperate in both fields — be it with cooking stoves or green hydrogen gas — and become stronger together.”
The immediate-past Nigeria’s Ambassador to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, Amb. Faruk Malami-Yabo, said that the ‘Save 80 efficient cooking stoves’ project would help to combat the various disasters relating to climate change.
Three of the beneficiaries, Mrs Agada Mathew, Tani Tanko and Hafsatu Adamu commended NASENI and Atmosfair, Germany, for the initiative.
“We will ensure the judicious usage of the stoves, as they will curb many of the problems we are facing while using firewood or charcoal,” they said.