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UN, GEF, others committed to cleaner industrial production

The United Nations Industrialisation Development Organisation (UNIDO), Global Environmental Facilities (GEF), and Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), have collaborated for the effective implementation of the Resource Efficiency and Cleaner Production (RECP) project.

The UNIDO, GEF and MAN, on Tuesday in Lagos made the commitment at a one-day workshop on capacity building for Media Stakeholders on Reporting Techniques for Energy and Environment.

The Country Representative and Regional Director, UNIDO, Jean Bakola, said the workshop would enhance the implementation of RECP and Industrial Energy Efficiency (IEE) projects.

Bakole, represented by Oluyomi Banjo, an environment expert in UNIDO, said the implementation would go a long way as the media are a reliable source of immediate information in many countries.

He said industries account for one-third of total energy consumption and for almost 40% of worldwide carbon dioxide emissions.

“The need to reduce energy consumption, environmental degradation and resource deprecation by industries in emerging economies is especially evident.

“This project is collectively developed and submitted by UNIDO on behalf of Nigeria in 2017 under the GEF six-programming cycle. It was approved for full project implementation in 2020,” he said.

Targeted industries

Bakole said the project’s outcome is targeted at industries to develop an expert base for Nigeria which could as well be exported to other countries in Africa and beyond.

He said this project will address to a good extent, the questions on how industries can improve their efficiency, increase profitability and operate at international best standards. “It will also address how industries will comply with regulations, maintain and improve relationships with policymakers.”

He said the UNIDO pilot financing RECP-IEE scheme would be executed through the Bank of Industry (BoI), and issues around ISO 50000 and 14001 would be executed through the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON).

“We hope to support not less than 75 industries across five sectors of food and beverage, wood and furniture, steel and metals, textiles and garment and petrochemicals.

“We will develop the capacity of the organised private sector and develop not less than 300 Nigeria RECP-IEE experts.

“The media is the educator of the populace, how you report is greatly responsible for the knowledge people develop on topical issues,” he said.

The country Representative informed that UNIDO was implementing an environment and energy components programme which would run from 2018 till the end of 2022.

He said UNIDO had also implemented the IEE in over 18 countries and had implemented RECP in over 60 countries, adding that the project will create an opportunity to develop the methodologies and human capacity building.

The Director-General, Manufactures Association of Nigeria (MAN), Segun Ajayi-Kadir, said the aim of the workshop was to educate journalists on the concept of Industrial Energy Efficiency and RECP, which would provide a credible energy platform for industries to explore to narrow the energy gap.

He appreciated the GEF and UNIDO for initiating the project, adding that it would help to provide solutions to energy challenges in the country.

The need to reduce energy consumption, environmental degradation and resource deprecation by industries in emerging economies is especially evident.

Cleaner environment

Also, Chief Risk Officer, Risk Management Division, BoI, Dr Ezekiel Oseni, said the project would provide positive impact for a cleaner environment as such would achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Oseni said the workshop would help in promoting efficiency and information dissemination both locally and globally, adding that the organisation is willing to support the implementation of the project to achieve a cleaner and healthier environment.

The Deputy Director, Electrical and Group Head, Electrical Electronics, SON, Alewu Achema, said the Organisation will continue striving together to achieve energy sufficiency in Nigeria, and is encouraging many companies to key into the RECP-IEE initiatives.

“Meanwhile, we want you to kindly note that the SON is ready to support in the areas of intervention and has the capacity to deliver on these projects,” he said.

Representative of the IEE Working Group, Energy Commission of Nigeria, Fabiyi Oluwayemi, said the project was slated to commence in 2020, but could not proceed due COVID-19 restrictions.

Oluwayemi said the project commenced in 2021 and had established the IEE project office in the commission in Abuja. (NAN)

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