A disastrously warming climate, coupled with dwindling energy resources, has created a situation where it is increasingly necessary to adopt energy efficient technologies and renewable power sources. We launched our Appropriate Technology Enabled Development (ATED) Centre building which has a 75% energy reduction on the building compared to conventional buildings by modelling it based on the passive haus design concept that achieves all year thermal comfort with minimal energy expenditure. Features of the ATED Centre include:
- A Biodigester which converts human and food waste into gas for cooking
- A Solar water heater which helps to trap energy and heat up water for use in the kitchens
- Hydraform blocks which provide cooling
The many environmentally-friendly building innovations that the Center features are to enhance sustainability and provide the ATED team with a platform through which to launch climate change advocacy in the Niger Delta. Such innovations will, in the long run, markedly reduce the amount of money spent on bills for such things as electricity and gas.
The ATED Centre is situated at the premises of our Economic Development Centre (EDC) in Warri, Delta State because of the linkages between appropriate technology’s commercial potential and the small and medium-scale business development work being done at the EDC. The Centre seeks to source and share existing or new appropriate technologies that meet the needs of communities and small business in the Niger Delta. It showcases working examples of technologies that reduce energy consumption, recycle waste, and provide alternatives to traditional power sources. Read more about these technologies here.
The launch of the ATED Centre has provided us with a better opportunity for PIND to share information on appropriate technologies that we promote in our programming to local community leaders, local civil society organisations, and various international development organisations present.
“Ordinary Nigerians are aware that the climate is changing, even though they may not understand technical language. I do not know of any government policy for environmentally-conscious building in the Niger Delta. People who put in place environmentally conscious aspects into their design do so more out of individual interest, or as non-government organizations.
I’ve been to the ATED Centre several times, but the first time I went was at the launch, where I took part in the stakeholders meeting on climate change activism that took place before the official launch. I am interested in the innovations used. I liked the laterite bricks used, so I started discussing with people on how we here in UNIBEN can find that innovation and use it here. I reached out to the Ministry of Environment here in Edo state and we are trying to see how we can bring these innovations to government’s attention. More people should be aware of the building, so I broached the topic to my department here in UNIBEN. Weare working on an MOU with the ATED team as we speak. I would like to work with the ATED team at PIND on further environmental research to help promote green building in the region”.
Prof. Peter A. Odjugbo, Professor of Applied Climatology at University of Benin, Edo State