Nigeria has called for an enabling environment to tackle the challenges of providing renewable energy and achieving energy efficiency in buildings.

renewableAchieving energy efficiency in buildings was a major driver of sustainable development, said George Ossi, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development in Abuja, the country’s capital city at a workshop.

The ministry, in collaboration with GIZ and Nigeria Energy Support Program (NESP) are implementing the Building Energy Efficiency Guideline (BEEG).
The workshop was a follow-up to the Kick-off workshop on Development of Building Energy Efficiency Guidelines for Nigeria held on April 28, 2015.

The kick-off workshop was held to garner needed information from relevant stakeholders for the development of Nigerian buildings energy efficiency guidelines.

“It is no longer news that the world is experiencing energy crisis and renewable energy and energy efficiency are global issues,” he added.

“They are also crucial to national development and government has a major role to play in creating the enabling environment to surmount challenges of providing renewable energy and energy efficiency especially in building,” he said.

Ossi said the housing sector had been estimated to consume 60 percent to 70 percent of energy generated from the National Grid.

According to him, there is seven percent yearly increase in energy demand in African nations, while energy supply increases two percent annually.

The permanent secretary said the quest, if pursued rigorously, would go a long way in mitigating energy crisis and climate change problems.

Ossi said connection to grid, credit terms and allocation of subsidies, among others, must also be addressed in evolving BEEG and its applications.

He said to harness the potential of renewable energy and energy efficiency in buildings, there must be guidelines, defined goals and parameters to achieve it. Enditem

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