NAEE 2011 saw participation from 17 countries representing all 6 continents and 147 companies gathered in Abuja to discuss African alternative energy climate with particular emphasis on opportunities, challenges and developments. Several notable speakers and experts from various sectors of the alternative energy sector provided insights.
Chris Edeh | Nigeria Alternative energy Expo 2012
NAEE 2011 was a key milestone in the Nigeria’s roadmap for energy reform. Our vision is to make NAEE 2012 even better! NAEE 2011 saw participation from 17 countries representing all 6 continents and 147 companies gathered in Abuja to discuss African alternative energy climate with particular emphasis on opportunities, challenges and developments. Several notable speakers and experts from various sectors of the alternative energy sector provided insights. Topics and papers covered during the symposium can be downloaded from our site.
The objective of the Nigeria Alternative Energy Expo is to:
- Create a platform for all stakeholders to network and transfer knowledge and skills.
- Raise awareness and educate the public about alternative Energy and climate change and how it affects our World.
- Showcase initiatives and technologies that are at the forefront of renewable energy and climate change resilience.
- Mobilise Nigerians across all sectors to act on climate change in all aspects of their lives.
- Create a platform for Businesses, Governments and NGO's to brainstorm polices on Alternative Energy solutions, climate change initiatives and technologies.
The participation of the World Bank/IFC programme – the Lighting Africa Project, promoted several rigorously tested products that represent the effort to ensure that quality standards are entrenched, and that the end-user who is often vulnerable, only gets the best. The Lighting Africa Project introduced their programme designed to set standards for the fledgling industry, on standards tests, modalities for participation and benefits. The Project Manager announced the subsidies funded by the World Bank/IFC to ensure affordability at the bottom of the pyramid. More on this can be found on our website www.nigeriaalternativeenergyexpo.org
Companies from Switzerland, Germany, Uganda, China, India, Japan and of course Nigeria to mention just a few also delighted participants with a retinue of innovative products tailored to meet the subsistence energy demands of Nigerian homes including those off-grid (i.e. not on the national electricity grid). It was estimated that a whopping 30 – 50% of Nigerians are not connected to the national grid. With the current increase in the price of fossil fuel suitable energy is the way to go.
Regulators were also not left out, with the National Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), the Energy Commission, Ministry of Power and Renewable energy programme of the ministry of environment all participants at the Expo. A goodwill message was also received from the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) demonstrating the commitment of all stakeholders to Nigeria’s energy sufficiency. All these culminated in the award and presentation of certificates to exhibitorsand participants at the Expo on day three – October 19th. For a detailed report on the Expo and a comprehensive brochure on the companies that attended, please see our website address provided herein.
At the symposium, this Expo established and resolved that:
- In spite of concerted action taken by the various governments and their agencies, a lot more needs to be done and as such, government actions must be complimented by an aggressive industry-led revolution that drives the proliferation of energy solutions right across the nation and continent.
- A match must be made between manufacturers, their distributors on one hand, and the financial services industry and the end-users on the other to ensure that much needed products get to those who really need them and are affordable. A microfinance perspective was strongly recommended to catalyze this revolution and ensure maximum spread.
- The World Bank/IFC Lighting Africa Project presents a viable standardization process that should be leveraged to ensure quality is delivered to the end-user in order to prevent apathy to much needed solutions resulting from past experiences with non-durable and non-dependable products. It is a shared objective that we must rid homes of toxic kerosene-based products which are doing immeasurable damage to the users. It was also agreed that,
- The time for inspired action is NOW including a commitment by stakeholders to invest in community enlightenment programmes and other creative corporate social responsibility initiatives to achieve energy sufficiency, as the impact on education, health and the livelihood of beneficiary communities cannot be overemphasized.
The next Event is on the 17th to the 19th September 2012.
Find out more at www.nigeriaalternativeenergyexpo.org
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