The Federal Government and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) have revealed plans to work together to reduce the energy consumption of industries in Nigeria.
He made this public in Abuja over the weekend during the inauguration of the project steering committee for the implementation of the project to improve Nigeria’s industrial energy efficiency and cleaner production with efficient use of resources.
State Minister for the Environment, Sharon Ikeazor, commenting, the committee would implement the project in selected small, medium and large-scale industries “through programmatic approaches and promoting innovation in clean technology solutions.”
She said: “The goal of this project is to accelerate the adoption of industrial energy efficiency and improve business environmental performance under the broader umbrella of Resource Efficiency and Cleaner Production.
“Initial manufacturing industries in which energy management systems, energy system optimization and RECP methodologies will be introduced, tested and demonstrated were selected in the steel, petrochemical, textile, food and beverage subsectors in Nigeria” .
Ikeazor said that members of the steering committee will bring their technical expertise to guide this project to a successful conclusion.
“To protect ourselves and the environment from the harmful effects of inefficient production processes, there is a need to promote best practices in our industrial processes and their success requires the participation of all stakeholders,” said the minister.
He added: “The widespread adoption of the cleaner production strategy can alleviate the serious problems of climate change, air and water pollution, global alert, land degradation, etc. Therefore, the successful implementation of this project is a priority. “
For his part, UNIDO Country Representative and Regional Director Jean Bakole said the project would help Nigerian industries develop an expert base that could be exported to other African countries.
He said that industries account for a third of total energy consumption and almost 40 percent of global CO2 emissions, as the need to reduce energy consumption, environmental degradation and resource depletion by industries in emerging economies it is essential.
Bakole said the project would address questions about how industries would improve their efficiency, increase profitability, operate to the best international standards, comply with regulations and maintain a better relationship with policy makers.