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UNDP partners with Nigeria on $9.7m energy efficiency project

Stakeholders will today gather in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital to discuss the modalities for the implementation of  a $9,779,532m project aimed at promoting energy efficiency in residential and public sector in Nigeria.

UNDP is partnering with the Nigerian Government for the implementation of the project which aims to introduce energy efficiency policies and measures including standards and labels for appliances and the promotion of efficient refrigerators and CFLs in Nigeria. The project will coordinate with other similar projects in the West Africa region through the Strategic Program for West Africa led by UNIDO, said Mr. Muyiwa Odele, an UNDP official.

The Global Environmental Facility is financing the project with a $2,677,273m grant, the  UNDP is providing co financing to the tune of $200,000, the Ministry of Environment of Nigeria is co- financing with $5m, the Government of Cuba is providing in kind support with $819,463, and the Energy Commission of Nigeria is co financing with $1,082,796.

The project is composed of four components which will:

1) Establish a regulatory and institutional framework to support end-use energy efficiency codes, standard labels & certification. This will include documentation of the energy & GHG savings potential in the residential and public sector; a formal monitoring and data collection system for end-use sales, energy demand and energy consumption; enhanced awareness of the political and policy decision makers’ on end-use energy efficiency options; and new regulations drafted and ready for formal Government approval.

2) Adopt labeling and enforcement mechanisms and establish testing facilities. This will include definition of national testing and certification procedures to promote energy efficiency; a pilot program to test and finalize energy labels; new national label for appliances; and a multi-year implementation timeline.

3) Train appliance professionals, and national outreach campaign to educate buyers, consumers and businesses; along with a verification & enforcement plan for retailers

4) Transform the lighting market through promotion of energy savings lamps and recycling of used CFLs in coordination with regional efforts.

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