The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) and the Nigerian Energy Support Programme (NESP) have created a strategic action to improve energy efficiency of equipment used in residential and public buildings in Nigeria.
Dr. Paul Angya, acting Director-General of SON, said that the agency will facilitate access to information for consultants, set up and support the technical committee for air condition standards and labels that will support the promotion and creation of awareness in the country.
He said Nigeria could not afford to drop back in a critical area where about 84 countries had already implemented energy–efficient standards in terms of the kinds of air-conditioners and refrigerators that are allowed in the area.
According to him, “I believe that these recommendations, once approved, will not be difficult to implement because SON has been part of the committee. Already, equipment for the testing of lamps and refrigerators has been installed in SON. Equipment for the testing of air-conditioners will soon be installed.”
Dr Charles Diarra, Head of Unit, Energy Efficiency at Nigerian Energy Support Programme (NESP), said this would be done through the introduction of appropriate energy efficiency policies.
He said the initiative is focused on three main appliances- lamps, refrigerators and air conditioning with labels provided on each appliance, which identifies how much energy is been saved.
He explained his agency was willing to give its backing to any resolution reached to help both efficiency in energy use in the country and the safety of electrical appliances.