The International Centre for Energy and Environmental Development (ICEED) said it endorsed the recently manufactured wood stove that could reduce carbon emission by between 50 per cent and 80 per cent.
The Executive Director of the centre, Mr Ewah Eleri, said on Friday in Abuja that the stove brands were manufactured both locally and internationally.
He said that the stoves would soon be available in the market, adding, “the wood stove is a clean, efficient, durable safe and affordable stove”.
Eleri said, “They go along with clean fuels, central to most solutions to the health, environmental, and other risks inherent in cooking with traditional open fire.”
Eleri said that unlike the situation in many African countries, stoves that used wood or charcoal had become business with development of stove models that reduced the use of wood and enhanced efficiency.
“This means that for a 50 per cent efficient stove, if you have a family that consumes N100 worth of wood for cooking per day, then the expenditure could be reduced to N50 wood every day.
“When you sum up this per month it means a lot of savings for poor families,” Eleri, who is also the Coordinator, Nigerian Alliance for Clean Cook Stoves said.
He said that most families did not necessarily have to switch to the new stoves for wood and charcoal due to health reasons alone, but because it also kept money in the pocket of the family and saved the environment.
Eleri said that the centre would also work with the Federal Government to ensure that there would be a policy framework and a national programme to sensitise people on the efficiency of the wood stoves.
He said that the centre would work to sensitise communities on the use of the stove, and promote its distribution.
On the use of cooking gas, Eleri said, “The reason why people do not buy cooking gas is not necessarily because gas is more expensive per unit of energy.
“It is essentially because you have to save a lot of money to buy the cylinder; but of course cylinders come in bigger sizes and many families cannot afford them.”
Eleri said that the centre would work with a group of companies that were interested in introducing small cylinders of three kilogrammes.
He said that the centre was also working to ensure that cylinders are metered in order to improve the confidence of poor people in having them.
The executive director said that it was preferable for Nigerians to move electricity, solar, and cooking gas, adding that availability and affordability was the issue.
Eleri said that in the absence of gas, wood use would exist for a very long time, adding that many households were used to cooking with charcoal and wood.
He said that the centre would ensure that those families had access to the new wood stoves, and that this would enable us conserve our forest cover to prevent deforestation and desertification.