Nigeria aims to encourage “critical” changes in building efficiency

Nigerian energy associations are set to promote the implementation of energy efficiency of equipment across the country’s buildings.

The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) and the Nigerian Energy Support Programme (NESP) have stated that it’s 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,” Angya stated.

“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.”

Dr Charles Diarra, the head of the energy efficiency unit at NESP, explains that the scheme will be rolled out through the introduction of appropriate energy efficiency policies, measures and demand-side management programmes.

“The initiative will be focused on three main appliances- lamps, refrigerators and air conditioning with labels provided on each appliance, which identifies how much energy is being saved by using these efficient choices,” he said.

Diarra emphasises that his organisation 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, while also highlighting that NESP has been active in the Nigerian economy, using various planks of engagement, including energy policy, rural electrification, capacity development and political reform support.

He also claims the organisation has supported the training managers in energy management efficiency, with over 45 participants from 20 countries having been trained under its auspices.

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