ECN, UNEP, SON partner to use less energy for cooling purpose

The Energy Commission of Nigeria, in collaboration with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON), organised a one-day stakeholders workshop to present the proposed Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) for Air Conditioners in Nigeria in order to give Nigerians a more conducive environment and save the nation’s Gross Domestic Products (GDP).

While declaring the workshop open in Abuja on Friday, the Director-General/CEO Energy Commission of Nigeria (ECN) Dr. Mustapha Abdullahi, said that the initiative is aimed at improving the energy efficient cooling system, as well help Nigeria save money.

“You may recall that the Energy Commission of Nigeria (ECN) in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme began the implementation of the Project – Scaling UpEnergy-Efficient and Climate-Friendly Cooling in Nigeria’s NDC Revision in February 2022. The Project is being supported financially by the Clean Cooling Collaborative.

“Nigeria is the largest market in Africa and this applies to the cooling sector also. With the current growing population, combined with improving lifestyle, urbanization and rising global warming, Nigeria will continue to experience growing demand for air conditioners (ACs) and other cooling devices; thus, becoming one of the fastest growing ACs market in the world.

“Unfortunately, most of the ACs utilized in the country have energy efficiency ratio (EER) below internationally acceptable minimum energy performance standards (MEPS). Consequently, the importance of this Workshop on the proposed MEPS cannot be overemphasized. One of the key Project component is the upgrading of minimum energy performance standards (MEPS) of air conditioners to a more efficient value. To achieve this, the Energy Commission of Nigeria, with Technical support from the United Nations Environment (UNEP) commissioned a study titled “Nigeria Air Conditioners Market Programme Assessment,” the DG added.

The aim of the study, Dr. Abdullahi said, “was to empower policymakers and regulators to make informed decisions for updating the MEPS and energy label policies that will deliver cost-effective energy savings. The results from the study provided the framework to outline new a proposed standards for air conditioners in Nigeria.”

Speaking, the Group Head Electrical Electronics SON Engr. Lawal Ismaila said, that stakeholders are involved in order to ensure that the standard is reviewed and meets the best practices as well as using less energy as it is needed for industrialization.

Earlier, the Project Director/Director-Linkages, Research and Consultancy ECN Mr. Samaila Zaku said it was a work together towards enhancing energy efficiency and promoting climate- friendly practices in Nigeria’s cooling sector.