The National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI) Thursday launched 3,000 Save 80 Energy stoves for onward distribution to women, Internally Displaced Persons(IDPs) and flood victims.
The stoves, according to the agency, were over forty percent (40%) saving in cooking time and environmentally friendly, even as it would reduce harmful emissions, check desertification and save the nation’s climate.
This is just as the federal government, quoting the World Health Organization (WHO), said household air pollution was responsible for 3.2 million deaths in 2020.
Speaking at the unveiling of the energy-saving stoves in Abuja, Executive Vice Chairman/Chief Executive NASENI Prof. Mohammad Sani Haruna said the stoves would be handed over to the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management & Social Development for onward distribution to the IDPs.
“This agency has launched and will distribute 3,000 units of the NASENI-Atmosfair Save 80 Energy Efficient Stove, jointly designed and manufactured by NASENI and Atmosfair to reduce harmful emissions, reduce desertification and, hence saving our climate. There is also over forty percent (40%) saving in cooking time and environmentally friendly compared to firewood and charcoal fueling methods, with increasing energy efficiency.
“With consideration to the Nigeria’s Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) targets for emission reduction by 2030, the use of energy-efficient cooking stoves provides a very high potential for emission reduction,” the NASENI boss said.
Listing the benefits of the innovation, Haruna said: “This Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) will improve the agency’s eco-friendliness and carbon footprint, a positive contribution to climate change and service to humanity.
“Some of these stoves will be handed over to the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management & Social Development for onward distribution to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and those that have been affected by the recent flooding in the country.
“Let me add that the production of these stoves is also a viable, self-sustaining and revenue generating ventures, which will create thousands of employment.
“We are duplicating manufacturing facility for both the stove and the Brickets (Fuel of the stove) which is from agricultural wastes. The products will be manufactured simultaneously at Kano and Agada village of Karu Local Government Area of Nasarawa State.”
The NASENI EVC further said the agency “hitherto had made several efforts in renewable energy technologies including biomass, wind energy and Solar Module Manufacturing Plant at Karshi, Abuja, Nigeria.
“Our progress in the production of solar cells locally will drastically reduce the per megawatt cost of clean electricity and making solar electricity available at a more affordable rate to the average citizens.
“The local solar cells development will promote affordability of solar energy as the prices will crash and increase proportion of solar electricity in our energy mix.
“This will help the nation to achieve the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal No.7 on “Ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and Clean Energy for All. It will also help in achieving Nigeria’s NDC target on emission reduction by 2030.”
In his remarks, Minister of Environment Mohammed Abdullahi said most households in the country cook over open fires, fueled by wood and crop waste with attendant releases of harmful smoke containing carbon monoxide.
He said: “Women and children, who are typically responsible for household chores such as cooking bear the greatest health burden from this practice. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimated that household air pollution was responsible for 3.2 million deaths per year in 2020, including over 237,000 deaths of children under the age of five.
“Health concerns are not the only negative byproducts of cooking over ‘ Open fire,’ the increased demand for firewood exacerbates an already serious strain on local forests leading to deforestation which in turn has a negative impact on climate change, and the smoke emissions contribute to global warming.”
Also speaking, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development Hajiya Sadiya Farouq said the launch of the stove would address the issue of climate change and vulnerability.