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Held on the 28th of November, 2016 at Transcorp Hilton Hotel, the Forum had the objectives of reviewing existing policies and practices, addressing lessons learned, understanding gaps to be filled and opportunities to be accessed. The event which had Pelumi Samuel representing Chanja Datti, brought together key policymakers, private sector leaders, foundations, research institutions, women groups and civil society stakeholders as well as international partners to reposition a common cause -   clean cooking energy for all.

The meeting was divided four sections. The third section was held in two venues concurrently. In the first section, opening section, key officials in the government, private sector and international agencies were present to seek reposition on how to achieve clean cooking energy for all Nigerians. This section was moderated by Gloria Ume-Ezeoke of Channels Television. The panellist present were; Senator Oluremi Tinubu, Chairman, Senate Committee on Environment and Climate Change: Honourable Obinna Chidoka, Chairman, House Committee on Environment: Paul Arkwright, High Commissioner, British High Commission: Osagie Okunbur, Managing Director, Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria who was represented by Tony Attah, Managing Director, Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas.

The second panel was held with the aim of taking stocks, and the following panellist were present: Mrs Nkechi Obi, MON, Executive Vice Chairman, Techno Oil Ltd; Dr Peter Tarfa, Director, Department of Climate Change, Federal Ministry Of Environment; Arijit Basu, Regional Director/ Market Development (sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia), Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, Onuvae Precious, Market Manager, Nigerian Alliance For Clean Cookstoves; DayoAdesina, President, Nigeria Liquefied Petroleum Gas Association (NLPGA). This panel was moderated by David Martin, General Manager, Production, Shell Petroleum Development Corporation.

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The third panel meeting which Chanja Datti was represented in was tagged “A path to clean cooking in Nigeria’s poorest. “ This panel was moderated by Alex Abutu, AfricaSTI.com. The panellists present were Happy Amos, Managing Director, Roshan Global Services Ltd; Cosmas Anyanwu, Senior Research Fellow, NCERD, University of Nigeria , Nsukka; Musa Raymond, Managing Director, Musa Raymond Nig. Co. Ltd; Harry Stokes, Managing Director, Project Gaia; and Suraj Wahab, Managing Director, Toyola Energy Group.

The final and fourth panel meeting was moderated by Country Director of Christian Aid, Charles Usie. The panellists were Dr. Orode Doherty, Country Director, Africare; Arijit Basu, Regional Director/ Market Development (sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia).

Some thoughts and conclusions reached include:

  • Clean cooking is a fundamental right to all Nigerian citizens.
  • Nigeria is the second largest producer of LPG.
  • 5 million tons of LPG has produced in the country annually, but Nigeria has the capacitor use only 2.5 million annually. But unfortunately, there is only 21 percentage of LPG in the urban Nigeria, and 4 percentage penetration in the rural Nigeria.
  • Development of supply and ensuring that LPG is affordable and acceptable is necessary.
  • There should be regulations in supply and demand.
  • About 40000 jobs will be created directly or indirectly for through the use of LPGs.
  • The Director General Of Energy Commission Of Nigeria stated that a lot of work has been done by the commission to ensure clean sustainable energy for all Nigerians.
  • Senator Oluremi Tinubu stated that Laws are enacted, but they need to get to households. She also stated the affordability and availability to the masses is a necessity.
  • The rate of deforestation is about 3 percent per annum, of which only 10 percent is recovered by afforestation.
  • The need for special Federal Government intervention for a national clean cooking forum.
  • Harnessing the power of partnership
  • Enhancing national awareness campaign and acceptability.
  • Ensure availability, accessibility, and affordability of the alternative clean Cookstoves.
  • Fostering an enabling environment.
  • Strengthening supply.
  • Enhancing Demand.
  • A country action plan.
  • Distribution channels
  • Removal of fuel subsidy; it has a negative effect on the path towards clean cooking.
  • Financial Inclusion
  • Reduction of import duty on ICS
  • LPG initiative India
  • Prime Minister’s People Money Scheme
  • It is about getting closer to the issue and continually telling the same message
  • Unless you convince someone about the need for clean cookstoves you will not be able to make the person accept it.
  • The need for a practical incentive to make cook spices affordable.
  • Cookstooves are not aspirational, it is a ‘pull' product in the Denver that people need to be convinced to buy them.
  • If the country should take the issue of clean cook stoves like it took Ebola, the success of clean cookstoves will be great.
  • Experience affect the behaviour of people towards LPGs, and he gave the story of a friend who experienced the death of a family through gas leakage.
  • Scalability: can the diocese be scaled to fit people’s needs
  • Flexibility : Are the diocese flexible? Communication with the masses is what will ensure that the stoves will meet people’s needs.
  • Affordability of stoves
  • Investment on programs that contributes to clean energy initiative.
  • City development has caused deforestation.
  • The idea of clean energy should be passed to the masses in “Naira and Kobo” terms.
  • “ We owe it as a duty to our unborn generation to leave something sustainable for them.”

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Chanja Datti, represented by Pelumi Samuel, was at the event organized by Mr. Ifesinachi of One Environment and friends, which held on the 10th of December 2016 at the National Park and Children Zoo Abuja.

The campaign started with talks by the Zoo manager and the in-house veterinary doctor. Marie Novotna of the Czech Embassy also spoke to the participants on wildlife conservation using Prague zoo as a case study.

The cleanup commenced immediately after the speeches. The participants which included secondary school students under the Power Forward Proven initiative, members of staff of the zoo and other volunteers; were grouped to cover various sections of the zoo with a mandate to collect one of papers, metals, plastic bottles, nylon, glass and organic waste, having been provided with gloves and waste bags for collection.

 

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The dialogue was organized by Thermal Initiative run by Maryam Njie in partnership with Heinrich Boell Foundation Nigeria, and moderated by Kofo Adeleke. The event which was held on 17th November, 2016 at La Cour Hotel, Ikoyi Lagos, was specifically focused on continuing the conversation on the challenges of small scale recyclables collectors and the implementation and enforcement of the Extended Producer Responsibility by the National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA).

Summary of Previous meeting

Though Chanja Datti was not available for the previous meeting held with stakeholders, the following were conclusions drawn at the meeting:

1.       Build a central database for formal waste collectors

2.       Clarification were sought on EPR and the roles of PROs

3.       Need for access to contacts of processors

4.       Harmonization of ground collection rates

5.       Formation of think-tank group for waste management

6.       Informal collectors should be included in future discussions as they play a major role in the value chain

The Dialogue

Items Discussed:

·         Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) policy guidelines – National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency NESREA

·         The role of the Producer Responsibility Organisation (PRO) – Nigerian Beverage Alliance

·         How small scale collectors and processors can fit into all these

·         Overview of the Survey of Operators conducted by Arese.

1st Presentation: Arese-Lucia Ojelede, En-pact Solutions Ltd.

·         Conducted and presented findings on the management of waste paper, glass, plastics and metal in Lagos.

·         The survey showed there is inadequate collection system, increased product demand, poor HSE practices, inconsistent product quality, underdeveloped product marketing, with challenges such as inadequate infrastructure, matching awareness status with resources, and inadequate human capacity. 

·         Some recommendations include: Develop & implement a National Waste Management Strategy; Ensure efficient communication between all stakeholders in the waste sector; Provide investments/funding to promote the sector; Conduct a comprehensive study to enhance awareness and optimize resources; Develop waste management data bank; and Provide adequate infrastructure for the recycling sector

·         Conclusions drawn are: Promote recycling initiatives to address limited landfill space; Take advantage of the emerging market for recycled products; Encourage positive attitude towards recycling; Exploit the recycling sector to achieve an effective triple bottom line.

·         Way-forward: The wayfoward is tagged with the acronym, WASTE: W-Waste as a resource; A-Awareness; S-Sustainable; T-Teach; E-Economically viable.

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2nd Presentation: Mr Nosa Aigbedion, Lagos State Coordinator NESREA

·         Made presentation on the EPR using slides generated from the EPR Handbook.

·         Stated that NESREA defines collectors as those not converting waste to useable products, and are therefore exempted from registration with NESREA, except with the PRO they subscribe to. But all collectors that generate effluent as a result of waste processing are required to treat the waste water.

·         The EPR is initially focused on Electrical Electronic (EE), and the Food and Beverage sectors.

·         There is need for NESREA to have an open database of collectors, and recyclers to aid communication and transaction

·         All NESREA laws and regulations are not made available for free, including the EPR guideline; they have to be purchased at any state or zonal office.

·         There is no special regulation for EPRs as all NESREA laws and guidelines have their EPR component.

·         There is need to extend incentives to collectors in terms of tax breaks, land rent subsidy etc.

·         FBRA is in the process of completing registration with the Corporate Affairs Commission

·         There will be a meeting between producers and NESREA towards making EPR enforceable has it is already being implemented.

·         Some outstanding issues include: Most facilities are yet to prepare their EPR plans; Some facilities are yet to register or align with the PRO; Only very few facilities have signified their interest in joining the PRO; No Recycler has completed registration with the Agency; Most local assemblers are yet to register or align with the Alliance and working committee; Formal recycling infrastructure not yet functional in the country.

The dialogue was organized by Thermal Initiative run by Maryam Njie in partnership with Heinrich Boell Foundation Nigeria, and moderated by Kofo Adeleke. The event which was held on 17th November, 2016 at La Cour Hotel, Ikoyi Lagos, was specifically focused on continuing the conversation on the challenges of small scale recyclables collectors and the implementation and enforcement of the Extended Producer Responsibility by the National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA).

Summary of Previous meeting

Though Chanja Datti was not available for the previous meeting held with stakeholders, the following were conclusions drawn at the meeting:

1.       Build a central database for formal waste collectors

2.       Clarification were sought on EPR and the roles of PROs

3.       Need for access to contacts of processors

4.       Harmonization of ground collection rates

5.       Formation of think-tank group for waste management

6.       Informal collectors should be included in future discussions as they play a major role in the value chain

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The Dialogue

Items Discussed:

-          Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) policy guidelines – National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency NESREA

-          The role of the Producer Responsibility Organisation (PRO) – Nigerian Beverage Alliance

-          How small scale collectors and processors can fit into all these

-          Overview of the Survey of Operators conducted by Arese.

1st Presentation: Arese-Lucia Ojelede, En-pact Solutions Ltd.

-          Conducted and presented findings on the management of waste paper, glass, plastics and metal in Lagos.

-          The survey showed there is inadequate collection system, increased product demand, poor HSE practices, inconsistent product quality, underdeveloped product marketing, with challenges such as inadequate infrastructure, matching awareness status with resources, and inadequate human capacity. 

-          Some recommendations include: Develop & implement a National Waste Management Strategy; Ensure efficient communication between all stakeholders in the waste sector; Provide investments/funding to promote the sector; Conduct a comprehensive study to enhance awareness and optimize resources; Develop waste management data bank; and Provide adequate infrastructure for the recycling sector

-          Conclusions drawn are: Promote recycling initiatives to address limited landfill space; Take advantage of the emerging market for recycled products; Encourage positive attitude towards recycling; Exploit the recycling sector to achieve an effective triple bottom line.

-          Way-forward: The wayfoward is tagged with the acronym, WASTE: W-Waste as a resource; A-Awareness; S-Sustainable; T-Teach; E-Economically viable.

2nd Presentation: Mr Nosa Aigbedion, Lagos State Coordinator NESREA

-          Made presentation on the EPR using slides generated from the EPR Handbook.

-          Stated that NESREA defines collectors as those not converting waste to useable products, and are therefore exempted from registration with NESREA, except with the PRO they subscribe to. But all collectors that generate effluent as a result of waste processing are required to treat the waste water.

-          The EPR is initially focused on Electrical Electronic (EE), and the Food and Beverage sectors.

-          There is need for NESREA to have an open database of collectors, and recyclers to aid communication and transaction

-          All NESREA laws and regulations are not made available for free, including the EPR guideline; they have to be purchased at any state or zonal office.

-          There is no special regulation for EPRs as all NESREA laws and guidelines have their EPR component.

-          There is need to extend incentives to collectors in terms of tax breaks, land rent subsidy etc.

-          FBRA is in the process of completing registration with the Corporate Affairs Commission

-          There will be a meeting between producers and NESREA towards making EPR enforceable has it is already being implemented.

-          Some outstanding issues include: Most facilities are yet to prepare their EPR plans; Some facilities are yet to register or align with the PRO; Only very few facilities have signified their interest in joining the PRO; No Recycler has completed registration with the Agency; Most local assemblers are yet to register or align with the Alliance and working committee; Formal recycling infrastructure not yet functional in the country.

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The National Regulatory Dialogue is an annual event initiated by the National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA) to provide a platform for key players in the environment sector to share experiences and fashion out strategies for enhancing environmental compliance monitoring and enforcement.

The event which held on 28th November 2016 at Rockview Hotel (Classic), had the welcome remarks by the Director General/CEO of NESREA, Dr. Lawrence C. Anukam. The Keynote Address was delivered by the Honourable Minister of Environment, Hajiya Amina J. Mohammed, represented by the DG of NESREA, while the vote of thanks was made by Mrs. Florence O. Oti, Director Partnership and Education.

The Objectives

The objectives of the 2016 National Regulatory Dialogue are to:

  • Promote harmony and cooperation amongst the Regulatory Agencies at Federal and State Levels.
  • Provide a veritable platform to discuss and share knowledge, information and experience on best practices in the implementation of compliance and enforcement programmes
  • Identify and evaluate factors that facilitate or impede the effective implementation of national environmental laws and regulations
  • Strategize on the way forward; and
  • Proffer concrete recommendations

1st Presentation: Simon B. Joshua, Director Environmental Quality Control NESREA.

Topic: Overview of the Implementation of the National Environmental Regulations in the Green Environment.

-          There are Nineteen (19) regulations that cover the Green Environment, which are areas covering the natural environment and its resources.

  1. National Environmental (Watershed, Mountains, Hilly and Catchment Areas) Regulations, 2009
  2. National Environmental (Wetlands, Riverbanks and Lakeshores) Regulations, 2009
  3.  National Environmental (Mining and Processing of Coal, Ores and Industrial Minerals) Regulations, 2009
  4. National Environmental (Construction Sector) Regulations, 2009
  5. National Environmental (Costal and Marine Area Protection) Regulations, 2011
  6. National Environmental (Soil Erosion and Flooding Control) Regulations, 2011
  7. National Environmental (Desertification Control and Drought Mitigation) Regulations, 2011
  8. National Environmental (Quarrying and Blasting Operations) Regulations, 2013
  9. National Environmental (Noise Standards and Control) Regulations, 2009
  10. National Environmental (Ozone Layer Protection) Regulations, 2009
  11. National Environmental (Surface and Ground Water Quality Control) Regulations, 2011
  12. National Environmental (Control of Vehicular Emissions from Petrol and Diesel Engines) Regulations, 2011
  13. National Environmental (Access to Genetic Resources and Benefit Sharing) Regulations, 2009
  14. National Environmental (Control of Bush/Forest Fire and Open Burning) Regulations, 2011
  15. National Environmental (Protection of Endangered Species in International Trade) Regulations, 2011
  16. National Environmental (Control of Alien and Invasive Species) Regulations, 2013
  17. National Environmental (Control of Charcoal Production and Export) Regulations, 2014
  18. National Environmental (Dams and Reservoirs) Regulations, 2014
  19. National Environmental (Air Quality Control) Regulations, 2014

2nd Presentation: Mrs. Miranda Amachree, Director Inspection & Enforcement Department.

Topic: Overview of the Implementation of the National Environmental Regulations in the Brown Environment.

-          There are Thirteen (13) sectoral Environmental Regulations that have so far been promulgated by the Federal Government to regulate activities in the Brown Environment, which are areas that have been impacted by industrial activities. The beginning of the 19th Century and the ultimate industrial revolution marked the beginning of large scale impacts on the environment caused by human activities, and as a result, manufacturing impacted negatively on the environment through pollution of the different environment media (air, water and soil), hence the need to protect the environment.

  1. National Environmental (Sanitation and Waste Control) Regulations, 2009. S.I. No. 28;
  2. National Environmental (Food, Beverages and Tobacco Sector) Regulations, 2009. S.I. No. 33;
  3. National Environmental (Textile, Wearing Apparel, Leather and Footwear Industry) Regulations, 2009. S.I. No. 34;
  4. National Environmental (Chemicals, Pharmaceuticals, Soap and Detergent Manufacturing Industries) Regulations, 2009. S.I. No. 36;
  5. National Environmental (Standards for Telecommunications/Broadcasting Facilities) Regulations, 2011. S.I. No. 11;
  6. National Environmental (Base Metals, Iron and Steel Manufacturing/Recycling Industries) Regulations, 2011. S.I. No. 14;
  7. National Environmental (Domestic and Industrial Plastic, Rubber and Foam Sector) Regulations, 2011. S.I. No. 17;
  8. National Environmental (Non-Metallic Minerals Manufacturing Industries Sector) Regulations, 2011. S.I. No. 21;
  9. National Environmental (Electrical/Electronic Sector) Regulations, 2011. S.I. No. 23;
  10. National Environmental (Pulp and Paper, Wood and Wood Products Sector) Regulations, 2012. S.I. No. 35;
  11. National Environmental (Motor Vehicle and Miscellaneous Assembly Sector) Regulations, 2013. S.I. No. 35;
  12. National Environmental (Energy Sector) Regulations, 2014. S.I. No. 63; and
  13. National Environmental (Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides) Regulations, 2014. S.I. No. 65;

-          All facilities in the Brown Environment are required to carry out the following:

  • Environmental/Operational Documents: Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), Environmental Audit Report (EAR) and Environmental Management Plan (EMP) where applicable as stated in the regulations
  • Best Practices: Adoption of Environment-Friendly Methods and Best Available Technology (BAT); and
  • Adoption of the principles of 5Rs (Reduce, Repair, Recover, Recycle and Re-Use) and the Polluter Pays Principle.

-          Compliance Monitoring & Enforcement Challenges:

  • Improper Waste Management System in some States.
  • Some state governments view NESREA’s compliance monitoring as a hindrance to economic growth of small and micro scale business.
  • Inadequate collaboration/coordination between NESREA and state Environmental Agencies.
  • Unsealing of facilities by the State Ministries of Environment/EPAs
  • Refusal to carry out EIA for State Government Projects in some states.
  • Interference, Conflict and Duplication of roles across most states especially on the conduct of EIA;
  • Disparity in the timeline for submission of EAR to the Agency (3years) and to the state Ministries (2years)

-          Recommendations

  • Need for NESREA to harmonize and share responsibility with State Ministries and Agencies
  • Waste Recycling industry should be encouraged with tax breaks, land subsidy etc
  • More discussions and dialogues should be encouraged and recommendations forwarded through the Federal Ministry of Environment to the National Environmental Council.
  • All State Ministries of Environment, Environmental Protection Agencies and other stakeholders should continue to collaborate with NESREA Zonal and State offices to ensure compliance with the provisions of all the Regulations and in particular the implementation of the EPR in Nigeria.

KIND Entrepreneurship Summit

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Our CEO, Olufunto Boroffice attended the KIND Entrepreneurship Summit on Thursday, November 17th in New York City! The summit was hosted by KIND Foundation and Venture for America and was a day of education for aspiring and early-stage entrepreneurs who are committed to building businesses with a positive social impact.

In attendance and hosting several sessions were Daniel Lubetzky, the Foundation’s President and KIND’s Founder & CEO, along with other noteworthy thought leaders, including Andrew Yang, Founder & CEO of Venture for America; Rhys Powell, President & Founder of Red Rabbit; Jeff Raider, Co-Founder & Co-CEO of Harry’s; Brian Rudolph, Co-Founder of Banza; and Arianna Huffington, founder of Huffington Post and Founder & CEO, Thrive Global.    

Net Impact 2016

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Our CEO, Olufunto Boroffice attended the 2016 Net Impact Conference on Thursday, November 3rd to Saturday November 5th in Philadelphia! The premier social impact conference attracted over 3000 students and professionals from interdisciplinary sectors who are committed to making a lasting social and environmental impact now and throughout their careers.

This year the notable lineup of speakers featured inspiring, authentic, and energizing speakers who are making real impact from the boardroom to the classroom and beyond the US borders and included; Chad Dickerson, the CEO of Etsy; Alicia Garza, the Co-Founder of #BlackLivesMatter; and Doug McMillon, President and CEO of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, and Ahmad Ashkar, CEO Hult Prize Foundation, Jay Coen Gilbert, Co-founder B-Lab, Micheal Smith, My Brother’s Keeper, The White House and Kia Williams, CEO Sirum. The conference had more than 80 breakout sessions designed to address the world’s toughest challenges including; climate change, equity, and food systems while looking for new solutions through tracks including; social entrepreneurship, impact investing, and purposeful careers.

The conference also featured career advancement and networking opportunities where attendees had the opportunity to network with professionals and recruiters from international corporations, social enterprises, and nonprofits that have the ability and drive to use their organizations for social and environmental good.

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Chanja Datti was at the workshop organized by Heinrich Boell Foundation (HBF) in partnership with Recycling and Economic Development Initiative of Nigeria (REDIN), Oko-Institut e.V. and Green Cycle, which held at Barcelona Hotel, Abuja on the 23rd of November 2016. The workshop had an assemblage of major stakeholders in the waste management sub-sector, which included representatives of National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA), Federal Ministry of Environment (FME), manufacturers and recyclers. All were brought together to discuss the effects of poor disposal of Used Lead Acid Batteries (ULAB) and the prospects of creating value from them through recycling.

Welcome addresses were given by Christine K, Director, Nigeria office of the Heinrich Boell Foundation, and Dr. Peter Tarfa, Director, Climate Change Department-FME.

Goals of the Stakeholder Engagement

As presented by Maria Yetano Roche, Consultant for Nigeria office of the HBF, the event had the agenda to discuss the following:

  1. What are the health and environmental costs of inaction with regards to pollution and ULAB
  2. What are the opportunities for making the ULAB trade safe and environmentally-sound while keeping it profitable?
  3. Can clean industrial ULAB recycling be viable in Nigeria, as it is abroad?
  4. What are the potentials for supporting the sector through the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) program of Nigeria?
  5. Can lessons be drawn from the efforts taking place in the e-waste sector?
  6. What models have proven successful in similar contexts?
  7. What is the outlook in the solar sector specifically?

1st Presentation: Professor Oladele Osibanjo, Professor of Analytical and Environmental Chemistry, University of Ibadan and President, Waste Management Society of Nigeria.

Topic: An Introduction to impacts of Used Lead-Acid Battery (ULAB) waste in Nigeria, and a case-study: soils impacted by auto battery slag in Ibadan

-         Lead acid batteries (LAB) are the major source of power supply for motor vehicles and trucks, backup power supply for TV and lighting (rural & urban households), and many other devices.

-         Millions of End of life LAB otherwise known as Used Lead Acid Batteries (ULAB) are generated from these sources

-         ULAB are classified as hazardous waste under the Basel Convention.

-         Crude and inefficient recycling of ULAB in Nigeria occurs mainly in the informal sector in major urban centres in Nigeria for the recovery of lead, plastic and sulphuric acid with considerable environmental and human health costs.

-         Lead acid batteries contain corrosive sulphuric acid and large amounts of lead

-         Lead is a highly toxic metal that produces a range of adverse human health effects particularly in children.

-         Exide Battery was the largest auto battery manufacturing factory in West Africa. The factory was located along Iwo Road in Lagelu Local Government Area of Ibadan, Oyo State during the early 80s and closed in the late 90s when the company went into liquidation. Slag in large quantities was the major solid waste from the factory and this was dumped indiscriminately in nearby farm lands and later in an abandoned quarry, at Lalupon, Kumapayi, Ile-Igbon and Oke-Omin villages respectively.

-         The justifications for the studies are: The locations of the abandoned waste dumpsites pose a potential risks to plants, animals, humans and the general environment in terms of heavy metal toxicity. The waste is in an open space. Cattle and goats feed and drink on the site. Secondary school children swim inside the leachate pond. The pond overflows into a nearby stream.

-         The broad objectives of the study included: Heavy metals (Pb) contamination assessment; Risk assessment; Chemical remediation option; Phytoremediation option; and Organic remediation option.

-         Conclusions reached are: Contamination assessment showed that the waste contained all the metals tested and it is highly polluted with Pb. The soil and the plants in the immediate environment of the waste are highly polluted with Pb and remediation of the site is imperative. Risk assessment indicated that plants, animals, man, groundwater quality, and the general environment are at high risks of lead toxicity. Identification of metal tolerant plants that can be used to phytoremediate heavy metal contaminated soils and less expensive bio-wastes materials which can effectively immobilize heavy metals in soils and prevent plant uptake.

-         The Ministerial Declaration on Environmentally Sound management of Hazardous Wastes was adopted by the 5th Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention in December 1999.

-         Prof. Osinbajo and his students were able to make environmentally-friendly building materials from Lead ingots in reaction with clay. The product, which is proved not to leach, has also been tested and approved in Germany, and presently undergoing patent.

-         Lead is a high value metal and it can be recycled.

-         The government needs to critically analyse the cost of prevention against the cost of remediation

2nd Presentation: Terseer Ugbor, CEO REDIN Group.

Topic: An Overview of the Trade of Used Lead Acid Batteries (ULAB) in Nigeria.

-         Lead acid batteries are commonly used to power automobiles, industrial equipemny, emergency lighting and alternative energy systems. Dry cell batteries are used in radios, toys, cellular phones, watches, laptop computers, portable power tools, and other consumer goods.

-         Batteries may contain heavy metals such as mercury, lead, cadmium, silver, nickel or lithium than can contaminate the environment if not recycled or disposed of properly.

-         Need for study:

  • The rise of alternative energy usage in Nigeria, especially small scale solar energy systems and inverter energy systems, which generally require Lead Acid Batteries for energy storage has created a new ULAB waste stream along with its potential environment hazards.
  • To get better view of the quantities & costs, collection, transportation, storage and current recycling activities of ULABs in the country, the Heinrich Boll Foundation commissioned this study in October 2016
  • A general lack of data and information on (Used)Lead Acid Batteries in Nigeria also necessitated the study.
  • To ascertain the current trade of Used Lead Acid Batteries in Nigeria.
  • To explore developing an Extended Producer Responsibility program for the sector.

-          Findings:

  • Approximately 106,000tons of used lead acid batteries are generated annually in Nigeria, while approximately 96,000tons are collected and sold annually.
  • Nigeria has a fairly basic but organized collection, transportation and storage system for used lead acid batteries around the country.
  • Most used lead acid batteries are bought by “informal” collectors and traders of new batteries and delivered mainly to Onitsha, South East Nigeria and Lagos State, other smaller collection states includes Kano and Ibadan.
  • Retail cost of used acid lead batteries range from N4000 and N10,000 per unit when sold to a wholesale collector or primary recycler.
  • This research found no evidence of health, environmental or safety precautions in handling this hazardous waste by primary recyclers.
  • The findings concluded with the need for more stakeholder engagement to determine the status of secondary smelting and recycling in Nigeria and possible export activities of lead from Nigeria.

-         An EPR programme should be implemented for this sub-sector, as it will shift costs of end-of-life management of waste from municipalities to stewardship organizations.

 

3rd Presentation: Engr. Vincent Ejike, Union Auto-Parts/Ibeto Group

Topic: Perspectives of a Nigeria lead-acid battery supply, manufacturing and recycling company.

-         Union Autoparts Mfg. Co. Ltd. was established in 1987 and commenced the production of Lead Acid Batteries in 1988

-         In the late 1980’s and the 1990’s, battery manufacturing was a major employer of labour with over 12 companies in active production with most of them having over 1000 workers each. Some of these major companies include West African Batteries at Ibadan (EXIDE), Metropolitan Batteries (Otta), Sunshine Batteries (Uyo), Union Autoparts (Nnewi) etc. However, as at 2011, all these companies have, except Union Autoparts, closed down due to the very unfriendly manufacturing environment in Nigeria caused by uncontrolled dumping of cheap imported Chinese batteries which made it impossible to sell the locally manufactured goods and the complete absence of infrastructure needed for manufacturing. Union Autoparts is the only battery manufacturing company left in Nigeria with its operations and man-power seriously scaled down.

-         The Lead Recycling Plant was started in 1989 with the objective of handling wastes from the battery factory and of producing lead ingots needed for battery manufacturing.

-         The co. has a monthly capacity of recycling 1000mt of battery cells or 1200mt of battery cells annually which translates to about 860,000 units of car batteries.

-         The huge investment in this project is almost a loss as the battery scrap is collected by all comers, some cut and bag the plates and export same to other countries while our local factory remains idle. Though export of scrap metal is in the export prohibition list, and in spite of Nigeria signing the Basel convention on Trans boundary movement of hazardous goods, no agency of Government tries to stop this export of our raw materials. Some others, without regards to the environment, smelt this battery plates into crude lead ingots and export and thus endanger both personnel and the environment while hurting the existence of local factories.

-         Government should enforce ban on export of battery plates and crude lead ingots; control indiscriminate processing of used batteries to protect Health, Safety and Environment; Control dumping of unstandard Chinese batteries (hike import tariff); Government and Agencies should mandatorily use made in Nigeria products.

4th Presentation: Andreas Manhart, Senior Researcher Sustainable Products & Material Flows Coordinator of Lead Africa Project, Oko Institute Germany

Topic: Beyond Nigeria: What do we know about lead recycling on the African Continent?

-         Main applications studied include passenger cars, motorcycles, trucks and Uninterrupted power supplies (UPS)

-         Estimated ULAB volume is Africa in 2016

  • ~1.2 million metric tons
  • ~800,000 t of lead
  • ~8% of the global annual primary production of lead

-         Extreme health and safety risks for worker and neighboring communities due to the increased number of secondary lead smelters in Africa; production of raw lead for exports; and often lack of any efficient control of emissions.

-         As observed in Cameroon, there is high rate of use of lead for kitchenware, Aluminium-lead pots from local industries. Lead is sourced from backyard battery recycling.

-         Recycling of plastic cases after insufficient washing. The plastic is mostly used in local industries (e.g. for polytanks)

-         In most African countries, only few use lead for illegal ammunition production, fishing gear and cooking pots. The bulk of the raw lead is exported to lead refineries in Asia and Europe. There, the lead is mostly used to produce new batteries.

-         Formal ULAB recycling is more competitive than backyard recycling (higher lead yields)

-         Sound ULAB recycling is not too complicated and involves a range of simple but important measures such as: Dust control & clean working environments; Off-gas & wastewater treatment; Protective equipment. Showers, change rooms; Regular emission & health monitoring (blood lead tests)

-         Even high-standard recycling is profitable (high standard smelters currently pay 550 Euro/t of batteries in the EU)

-         High-standard recycling is less profitable compared to low-standard recycling, as low-standard smelters have lower costs, but the same output.

5th Presentation: Mrs. Miranda A. Amachree, Director Inspection and Enforcement Department, National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA)

Topic: The Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) Programme and its Potential links to the battery waste stream

-         Advantages of Lead Acid Batteries are low maintenance, durability, provide the best value for power and energy per kilowatt-hour, have the longest life cycle; and a large environmental advantage (recycled at an extraordinary high rate (>90% is recycled and reused)

-         Nearly 99million lead-acid car batteries are produced each year. Each of these contains 18 pounds of lead and one pound of sulphuric acid.

-         90% of lead acid batteries are recycled while the unrecycled ones end up in landfills where they can leach into the surrounding soil and air.

-         Lead is highly toxic to humans and can damage the brain and kidneys, affect hearing and create significant learning disabilities in children.

-         The economic and social benefits have not translated to environmental and health wellbeing

-         ULABs are regarded as hazardous wastes. Lithium in batteries can explode under certain conditions (eg. Cell phones), and it can also cause fires at dumpsites/landfills which releases toxic chemicals into the air. Lead has been linked to birth defects and to neurological and development damage. Mercury is highly toxic, especially in vapor form

-         The best process of collection is the take-back system, and should not be drained at collection point as most of them contain sulfuric acid as electrolyte that can pose threats to human health

-         Transportation should be in inside containers and well packed to prevent movement.

-         ULAB should be stored inside an acid-resistant container to minimize the risk of an accidental spillage. The electrolyte should be taken to an effluent treatment plant.

-         The National Environmental (Sanitation and Waste Control) Regulations S. 1 28 of 2009 and the National Environmental (Motor Vehicle & Miscellaneous Assembly sector) Regulations. Regulation 6 section (2) requires that all damaged and disused components including wires, electronic devices, oil filters, batteries, tyres, airbags etc, shall be amenable to recovery under the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) programme.

-         Countries operating EPR include Germany, China, South Korea, South Africa, Taiwan, United States of America, India, Canada and Netherlands etc.

-         Benefits of EPR are Resource conservation; Pollution Prevention; Job creation, business opportunities and economic development.

-         For the EE Sector: Some Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) formed an alliance, prepared a collective plan; Engaged a consultant to handle the registry part of the PRO; Trying to get other producers including the local assembles involved.

-         Hinckley Associates Nigeria Ltd has been registered by the Agency as a recycler of e-waste and is currently carrying out Environmental Impact Assessment as required by law

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Livingreen's #RecycleRepurposePlant event as reported in Leadership Newspaper

We are so excited and thankful to God for the completion of our first project.

A couple weeks back, Livingreen joined several organizations across the globe under the Global Climate Change Week (GCCW) event to spread the word about climate change and its impact to the academia, in order to fast-track the world’s target to reduce greenhouse gases emission by 1.5 per cent. GCCW, initiated in 2014 by Keith Horton was established in 2015 to extend the fight against climate change to the academia. In Nigeria, Livingreen, web-blog in collaboration with several green organizations initiated #RecycleRepurposePlant seminar at the LightWay Academy, to enlighten the students and its staff on the effects of climate change and introduce steps to reducing their carbon footprints.

Our aim was to demystify and simplify for better comprehension the subject of climate change and the purpose of recycling. #RecycleRepurposePlant, is to educate students on the subject of climate change, and why it matters.

We believe that “Telling people to recycle without they knowing why they should recycle, does not make sense. With the initiative, Livingreen educate students on the subject of climate change, how they contribute to it and ways to reduce climate change effects, via reducing their carbon footprints. So, they learn about recycling as part of waste management. They also learn to repurpose their household wastes, and understand that keeping urban gardens and farms, that encourage vegetation in small spaces promotes a healthy environment.”

To accomplish our purpose we collaborated with facilitators from ChanjaDatti, recycling and waste management company, Oke Peace, Love and Light Foundation, Department of Climate Change, Ministry of Environment, FreshDirect Farms, environmental creative Nawal Fahkry and Greenacircles in a one-day interactive seminar and sessions with the school, LightWay Academy.

#RecycleRepurposePlant focused on stirring up individual actions amongst the students, ignite genuine interest in local and global trends to climate change reduction, and encourage practical practice of environmental sustainability.

Sessions included A Beautiful World, by Okechukwu Iweala, which took a socio-communal approach to stir up students to take environmental action. Facilitators Chioma Edeh and Asmau Jibril, of the Department of Climate Change, addressed students on the federal government’s five-sectoral agenda to tackle effects of climate change in Nigeria and reduce Nigeria’s carbon footprint unconditionally by 20 per cent. Dayo Pelumi of ChanjaDatti Recycling and Waste Management company, elaborated on the subject of Recycling, both wastes and lifestyles to reduce students’ carbon footprint, while Nawal and Greenacircle, held an upcycling session of domestic waste into flowers.

Finally, students went on an excursion to the FreshDirect Farm, where they learnt about the vertical-container-urban farming system and greenhouse farming. They got acquainted with the growth cycles of the special Basil (spice) plant, that is unique to the farm and the hydroponic planting system that promotes planting with nutrients-based water rather than soil, a system perfectly suited to multi-profit farming in small urban spaces.

To encourage their independent interest in climate change and environmental sustainable matters, Livingreen gifted the students with information materials on the subject, such as books and a video documentary on wildlife preservation in Cameroon, donated by the Czech Embassy, Nigeria, as a means of citing community response to forest preservation, plus gifting the school with Nowhere To Run, Nigeria’s sole documentary (and a creation of the Shehu Musa Yar’adua Center) on the undeniable effects of climate change in Nigeria entitled Nowhere To Run. The documentary was screened at the event.

Original article at Livingreen.com

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The Ark International Church Abuja, on Saturday, November 5, 2016, in partnership with Chanja Datti and Stop Don’t Drop, used the opportunity of a weekend spiritual retreat;, to impact on their immediate environment by engaging in a clean-up and sensitization exercise around the Catholic Retreat Centre, DRACC in Lugbe, Abuja. With the theme: Let’s Go M.A.D (Make A Difference), the program was used to further and advance the gospel of environmental sustainability.

Coming out in their numbers, the Church members wholeheartedly committed their efforts and energy, despite the scorching sun and increased temperature, to doing a thorough cleanup of the area, collecting a critical mass of wastes, and ensuring the wastes were sorted and segregated to the admiration and appreciation of the community members.

Chanja Datti, represented by Anita Omene Otubu, Dayo Pelumi, and Pelumi Samuel, was offered another opportunity to give a short talk on the 3Rs of #EnvironmentalSustainability: #Reduce, #Reuse and #Recycle.

The team was impressed with the commitment of the members of the Church to adopting and practicing an eco-friendly culture.

Big thanks to Sheila and the team from The Ark International Church!

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Funto Boroffice is the founder/CEO of Chanja Datti Ltd, a waste collection & recycling social enterprise dedicated not only to transforming the waste in her environment to value, but also empowering unemployed women and youth by creating jobs for them along the waste management value chain. Chanja Datti was established in May 2015, and in its almost 2 years of existence, Chanja Datti has been able to hire on a Part time basis 20+ women and train over 70 women on ways to generate wealth from waste collection. They have also been able to divert 50+ tonnes of recyclable waste from landfills to off-takers and manufacturers. They are also working with FETS, a Nigerian mobile banking company to provide financial services for our unbanked informal recycling collectors especially the women. Under her leadership, Chanja Datti was recently awarded the 2016 Energy Globe Award for Nigeria. The Energy Globe Award was founded in 1999 by the Austrian energy pioneer Wolfgang Neumann and is one of today’s most prestigious environmental awards.

Until May 2015, Funto spent 3 years as a Senior Aide to Nigeria’s Honorable Minister of Power covering Investments, Finance & Donor Relations, and before that, 17 years gaining global financial, strategy and project improvement experience – 12 of which was as a GE executive in the U.S, where she was a Vice President, working in the largest GE Capital Americas business.

Funto graduated with a Masters’ degree in Financial Management from Pace University’s Lubin School of Business in New York, and has a Bachelors’ degree in Accounting and Finance from Northeastern University in Boston where she graduated cum laude (with honors).  She is a certified member of WEConnect International, a corporate led non-profit that helps to empower women business owners to succeed in global markets,  an Associate member of WIMBIZ, a Nigerian NGO, a member of Waste Management Society of Nigeria (WAMASON) FCT chapter and lead coordinator of the Green Coalition Initiative, an eco-connect think-tank based in Abuja.

We are excited to have her here to share her thoughts on the future of wealth from waste amongst other things…

Please introduce yourself – The way you want the world to know you

My name is Funto Boroffice, a female social entrepreneur and founder of Chanja Datti. I love God, family, country and environment all in that order. I am cognizant of all privileges bestowed upon me, and giving back has become my life’s mission and passion.

Why did you move back to Nigeria from the United States?

Two major factors contributed to my decision to move back to Nigeria after spending 18 years in the US. The first reason was because I was at the point in my career, where I knew that I cared more about leaving a legacy than earning a six-figure salary in Corporate America. On all my visits back to Nigeria, I was always struck by the amount of problems people shared. The level of poverty and disenfranchisement that I saw on each trip home was concerning, and it wasn’t enough for me to be an armchair critic all the way in the US, about why things were not working in Nigeria, without actually being an active part of the solution. With all the education and knowledge I had received in the US, it became imperative that I come back and gave back in my own small way. Secondly, I wanted to come back home to be closer to my family. My relationship with my family and friends had changed over time and I wanted to come back to Nigeria to reconnect with home again. No matter how successful you become, it’s not as fulfilling if it isn’t shared with family and friends.

In clear steps, how would you want the federal government to approach the recycling business in Nigeria?

Enforcing policies already established would be the easiest approach to promoting recycling in Nigeria. Policies such as the Extended Producer Responsibility Act are already established, we just need the Government to enforce the implementation. Providing access to financing and promoting indigenous technology focused on recycling are also ways that the Government can promote recycling in Nigeria.

How have Nigerians living in Abuja embraced the Recycle movement in Abuja and what do you hope to see change in the next

Unfortunately, we’ve gotten the most traction from – the expat community – as they recycle in their home countries and understand the concept of doing same here in Nigeria and Nigerians who have lived outside the country. It’s been a steep sensitization curve to get Nigerians in Abuja to start thinking about recycling, and we still have a long way to go. It’s the reason we launched our Recycredits™ program where we sign up individuals and households as members to participate in our recycling initiative. We reward these members with points for taking daily ‘green’ action to recycle the waste they generate in their homes. They can then redeem these points for cash, exclusive products, deals, discounts and vouchers. We are building partnerships with local and national businesses where our “Recycredits™” members can start getting rewarded for building a sustainable, waste-free future and making a difference. We are also building our relationship with Primary and Secondary schools in Abuja, so that we can get the recycling message to a younger demography. We would hope to see more Nigerians take an interest in recycling and really start living the lifestyle.

How far do you think recycling can go to achieve sustainable development in Nigeria?

I think it goes a long way. With the increase in population, urbanization and industrialization, the challenge of solid waste management in Nigeria has increased and is even more complex than ever before. Recycling does not only serve as a partial solution to the solid waste problem in Nigeria, but contributes to the conservation of virgin products and energy. This contributes to sustainability, because we depend less on our limited natural resources and use materials that would normally be condemned to idleness if not recycled. It also has the multiplier effect of creating jobs and promoting cleaner cities.

What would be your advice to young people looking to take on recycling initiatives in Nigeria?

I would say they should go for it. It will always be a labour of love, as 90% of what they will end up doing is sensitization and advocacy, and there is no immediate money to be made. If they are not in it for the right reasons, meaning a true love for the environment and for pushing the change agenda, then they’ll likely become frustrated, burn out and not be able to stay the long haul.

Who are your sustainability mentors?

Too many to mention. I’ve learnt and continue to learn from everyone in the space.

What are your favourite SDGS and what are some of your personal beliefs on how we can achieve them?

I think all the SDGs are important, but the seven SDGs most germane to what we are passionate about at Chanja Datti and that we have built our campaigns around are:

SDG#1 No Poverty – For us at Chanja Datti, it means using our waste value chain as a means to empower our local women and educate our young girls.

SDG#5 Gender Equality – We are truly passionate about Economic Empowerment for woman and we have carried out entrepreneurial trainings for Women at IDP camps and provided income for the women who are part of our value chain.

SDG#6 Clean Water and Sanitation – Sanitation for us is more than safe toilets, it is also teaching communities during our clean-ups about the ills of open defecations and dump site method of waste management.

SDG#8 Good jobs & Economic Growth – This ties back to SDG#1. We are using our processes as a platform to create jobs and economic empowerment for the women and unemployed youth in our city.

SDG#12 Responsible Consumption and Production – Nigeria’s population is supposed to reach 450 Million people by 2050. There is a critical need to promote sustainable lifestyles so that everyone can enjoy a good quality of life. Our current consumption practices in Nigeria and around the world are not sustainable. We need to do more.

SDG#13 Climate Action – For us at Chanja Datti, it means using our platform to create awareness and sensitize people about the relationship between the waste they generate and impact on Climate Change.

SDG#17 Partnership for the Goals – No one is an island, and partnerships with organizations all working towards the achievement of the SDGs is going to be critical. We all have a role to play.

What do you think makes you special and unique?

Interesting question. I think my confidence, passion and tenacity makes me ‘uniquely’ unique. I can’t discount my Faith in God, and the support of the best family in the world, especially my Parents, who allowed me to be the best version of me, and provided all the support needed to be the confident woman I am today.

How can people reach you or learn about your work?

I can be reached at @funtob, for those interested in seeing what interests me. Anyone interested in what we are doing can read up about us and signup to volunteer via our website www.chanjadatti.com. They can also follow us on twitter @chanjadattiltd and facebook at www.facebook.com/chanjadattirecycling.

 

Original Article at Sustyvibes.com

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