SON, others seek compliance to energy–efficient standards
The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), has commenced plans to ensure that Nigerians complied with minimum standards on the kind of electrical equipment used in the country, as part of measures to efficiently maximise energy consumption.
The acting Director-General of the agency, Dr Paul Angya, at the conclusion of a two-day technical committee meeting on standards and labels for air conditioners in Lagos, said the move would ensure that Nigeria remained energy-efficient and also address the dangers of using substandard electrical appliances.
Angya said Nigeria cannot afford to lag behind in a critical area where about 84 countries are already implementing energy–efficient standards in relation to air-conditioners and refrigerators they allow in the domains.
He Praised the technical committee for the doggedness in recommendation minimum standards for the electrical appliances. He added that once approved by the SON council, his agency would begin to enfporce compliance with the standards, as a way of safeguarding lives and conserving the environment.
He said: “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.”
Head of Unit, Energy Efficiency at Nigerian Energy Support Programme (NESP), Dr Charles Diarra, said his agency in its partnership with SON, is willing to give its backing to any resolution reached to help both efficiency in energy use in the country as well as the safety of electrical appliances.
He said the NESP had been active in the Nigerian economy using various planks of engagement, including energy policy, rural electrification, capacity development and political reform support Diarra added that his organisation had also supported the training managers in energy management efficiency, and that thus far, under its auspices, over 45 participants from 20 countries had been trained.