Stakeholders canvass support for renewable energy to tackle pollution
To mitigate the effects of air pollution, experts have called for the use of renewable energy solutions.
Indeed, they argued that governments, industries, communities, and individuals should come together and explore renewable energy and green technologies to improve air quality in the society.
The experts spoke during an event organised by the Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA), to mark the 2019 World Environmental Day.
Leading the call, the President of Renewable Energy Association of Nigeria (REAN), Segun Adaju, said research has proven that renewable technology is affordable in meeting commitment required from it especially in addressing the problems of air pollution, which have become so rampant in Nigerian cities.
Adaju said in terms of sustainability, renewable energy sources such as, the sun, wind, electrostatic, and others are generated in a manner that transcend generations yet unborn.
“Individuals need to develop a business model that would work for them to be able to pay in a bit as well as own renewable energy products”, he said.
The General Manager of LASEPA, Antonio Ayodele, an engineer lamented that over time, the man-made sources of air pollution have been vehicular emissions, burning of fossil fuel, waste from landfills, generator exhausts, bush burning and other agricultural activities which involve spraying of chemicals to preserve food items have worsened air pollution in most cities.
These activities, he said are increasing cases of acid rain, various health conditions like heart failure, pulmonary diseases, asthma, skin diseases, and lung cancer. He stressed that to save the world from the malaise, the alternative solution is the use of renewable energy.
Contributing, the Chairman, Manufacturer Association of Nigeria (MAN), Ikeja Chapter, Francis Meshioye, said although renewable energy is a proficient source of generating power, there was the need to reconsider factors such as the cost, its installation and educating the people who already have a misconceived mindset about it.
Also, speaking, the General Manager, Lagos State Consumer Protection Agency (LASCOPA), Mrs. Oluwakemi Olugbode, advocated more awareness on the potential for solar as alternative solution and strengthening of law enforcement in order to address complaints on fake products from renewable energy producers.
“In Nigeria and Africa, there is limited knowledge of solar. Although we haven’t received complaints in that regard but the federal and state government must ensure that renewable energy products comply with the Standard Organisation of Nigeria’s regulations.
Earlier, the Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Environment, Abiodun Bamgboye, who was represented by Mrs. Aderonke Adeneye, said air pollution may seem complex but the society could do its part to lessen its negative impacts through an understanding of its multi-various forms and how it affects human health.