The Renewable Energy Programme was initiated by the Federal Ministry of Environment in fulfilment of the Federal Republic of Nigeria's obligation to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and as part of African strategy on voluntary emission reduction. The main thrust of the Programme is to ensure all sector of the economy make a switch to cleaner sources of energy. So as we work towards achieving objectives of the Vision 20:2020 , we do so sustainably with minimal ecological footprint.
Nigeria has a commitment under the UNFCCC accord to make voluntary "non-binding" efforts to reduce atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases to mitigate the effects of climate change.In order to effectively administer this ratified instrument, the government has put in place certain structures and one of it is the Renewable Energy Programme.
The main trust of the Renewable Energy Programme is to;
As renewable energy industries continue to develop, the primary driving forces are less likely to be environmental and more likely to be employment potential and job creation.The employment potential for the global renewable energy industry is significant.
And as global petroleum output declines, fossil energy jobs may become scarcer, allowing a shift to the labour-intensive renewable energy industries. Hence we:
In April 2012, Nigeria became a State Partner in the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) to reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (SLCPs) with initial focus on methane, black carbon, hydroflourocarbons (HFCs). Nigeria is currently the Co-Chair of the coalition made up of over 40 countries and 38 Non State partners including the World Bank, WHO andUNEP. Necessitating action on SLCPs reduction could address, inter alia, reducing black carbon emissions from heavy duty diesel vehicles & engines in the transport sector, mitigating SLCPs from brick production, mitigating SLCPs from landfills and municipal solid waste sector, promoting HFC alternative technology and standards, accelerating methane and black carbon reductions from oil and natural gas production, improving cook stoves and domestic heating; reducing methane emissions in agriculture production systems , and reducing SLCP emissions from open burning in forest/agricultural practices.
The Various achievements of the Renewable Energy Programme in the last few years of its establishment are highlighted on our Partnership that work and our On- going projects.
Nigeria-German Energy Partnership. Nigeria-Nordic ( Sweden, Finland & Norway)Energy Forum. Bank of Industry/ UNDP Access to Renewable Energy Programme Nigeria- India Partnership on Renewable Energy development. Inter-Ministerial Committee on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ICREEE). Secretariat is in the Ministry of Power Renewable Energy Investment Team Committee ( NIPC, Customs, FIRS, Immigrations). Secretariat is in NIPC Partnership with National and International corporations And a Host of Others
THE RURAL WOMEN ENERGY SECURITY (RUWES) PROJECT: Ten (10) rural women Cooperatives are already empowered with the RUWES Business Model Pac