Nigeria Energy Calculator 2050 (NECAL2050) Stakeholders’ Engagement Meeting

Energy Commission of Nigeria and Federal Ministry of Environment with the support of UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) organized an engagement meeting of stakeholders on Nigeria Energy Calculator 2050 (NECAL2050). The meeting held on Thursday, 22nd April 2021 at the Rockview Hotel Classic, Wuse II, Abuja. The opening ceremony was chaired by the Honourable Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu.

Participants in the opening ceremony included representatives from Federal Ministries of Power, Environment, Mines and Steels Development; Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading Plc (NBET); National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC); National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA); National Bureau of Statistics (NBS); and Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President – Sustainable Development Goals (OSSAP-SDGs).

In his welcome address, the Director-General/CEO, Energy Commission of Nigeria, Prof. Eli Jidere Bala stated that the Energy Calculator 2050 is an Energy planning tool developed in 2010 by the then UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (UK-DECC) to help explore public opinion on Energy pathways that will facilitate the reduction of UK’s GHG emissions by 80% by 2050 relative to the 1990 baseline emissions in order to comply with its 2008 climate change Act. He disclosed that in 2013, the UK-DECC, as it was known, supported Energy Commission of Nigeria through the British High Commission in Abuja to adapt and produce the Nigeria version of the Energy Calculator to be referred to as the Nigeria Energy Calculator 2050 (NECAL2050) to assist us in Energy planning towards transition to low-carbon energy utilization.Prof. Bala further disclosed that work has since commenced with the formation of National Steering Committee and Technical Working Group with a Consortium from UK BEIS, Imperial College and Ricardo and Climat technically supporting the project. According to the Director-General, the aim of the engagement meeting was to evaluate the journey so far, and to take inputs on the data so far collected for the one-pager needed to run the web-driven energy planning model.

IA keynote speech on “Overview of the Nigeria Energy Calculator 2050 (NECAL2050)” was delivered by Dr. Abdulwaheed S. Ahmed, acting Director, Energy Policy, Planning and Analysis Department, Energy Commission of Nigeria.

Also, representative of the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. Emmanuel O. Taiwo, gave a goodwill message.

The Meeting was declared open by the Honourable Minster of Science and Technology, Dr, Ogbonnaya Onu who lauded the efforts of the Energy Commission of Nigeria over the years and specially commended the leadership style of Prof. E. J. Bala which made the development of NECAL2050 possible in partnership with other stakeholders. He reiterated his optimism that Nigeria will pursue the right combination of different sources of energy including renewable, fossil fuel as well as nuclear energy.

Thereafter, vote of thanks was given by Mrs. Iniobong Abiola-Awe, Department of Climate Change, Federal Ministry of Environment.

The meeting later broke into syndicate groups which were: Building; Electricity; Transport; Industry; Gas; Land, Bioenergy and Waste.

From Left: Mr Emmanuel O. Taiwo, representative of the British High Commissioner to Nigeria; Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, Honourable Minister of Science and Technology; and Prof. Eli Jidere Bala, Director-General/CEO, Energy Commission of Nigeria at the Opening Ceremony.

Dr. A.S. Ahmed (ECN), Mrs. Iniobong Abiola-Awe (DCC, FMEnv.), Prof. E.J. Bala (DG ECN) and Mr. Olugbenga Omilowo (Mott MacDonald)

Syndicate Groups Brainstorming during the Engagement Meeting

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