Renewable Energy and Waste Management
The renewable energy projects undertaken by FOTE address the major issues raised in the United Nations’ Convention on Climate Change. This is because renewable energy technologies do not cause the emission of green house gases such as CO2 and can also lead to a reduction of the burning of firewood. To this end.
• Our organisation has identified a very useful, renewable and alternative energy source in biogas a flammable gas produced by the anaerobic fermentation of organic waste materials such as human and animal wastes, etc. FOTE has constructed 2 biogas plants for the Ojokoro (Ikeja) Ifelodun Cooperative Agricultural Multi-purpose Society Limited in Lagos. These plants feed on the pig waste and the gas generated is used in the abattoir.
• Since 1995, working in tandem with the Energy Commission of Nigeria (ECN), FOTE has introduced the improved wood and saw dust stoves to some rural communities in Lagos State. In 1996, Ajidoh, Badagry was selected for the pilot production of stoves designed to conserve wood and increase energy efficiency. The stoves were then distributed free of charge to some villagers, who used them for a period of 6 months. This was monitored and the experiences documented via a survey.
• FOTE was the Nigeria Focal Point for the UNIFEM sub-regional programme, Gender Renewable Energy Systems Development and Applications (GRESDA). As the implementing organization, FOTE has successfully undertaken one of the six pilot projects proposed for the programme. The Gender Renewable Energy Systems Development and Application (GRESDA) is an economic empowerment programme, initiated by UNIFEM to support women in increasing the efficiency of their economic activities using renewable energy sources and systems.
The first Pilot Demonstration Unit (PDU) was the Eziafakaego Farmers Multipurpose Cooperative Society (EFMCS) in Enugu, This involved the construction of the factory building, procurement and installation of machinery. The second phase of the project involved the construction and installation of a biogas digester.
The project aimed at
– Processing cassava into gari and other products
– Adding value to cassava by producing exportable products
– Using renewable energy in gari production
– Improving food-processing methods by provision of equipment to increase outputs.
The GRESDA Project put in place several training programmes to ensure sustainability of the project, and in realization of the project, FOTE partnered with the state and local government agencies. Implementation of the second PDU is in progress.