Towards the establishment of a MRV system in Nigeria’s energy and waste sectors

Stakeholders in Nigeria’s energy and waste sectors have validated draft reports of consultants in a bold attempt to put in place a robust legal framework for the Institutional Measurement, Reporting and Verification (MRV) Energy and Waste Sectors in Nigeria.

Two consecutive workshops organised at the instance of the Nigeria Climate Change Response Programme (NCCRP) on the 25th and 26th of October 2021 at the Barcelona Hotel in Abuja brought together 74 participants to validate reports of two consultants hired to analyse the existing national legal framework for the institutional MRV system in the two sectors.

Addressing the stakeholders drawn from relevant Federal and State Ministries, NGOs, regulatory bodies, private sector entities concerned with energy and waste, the Team Leader, Todd Ngara, stressed the importance and timeliness of the workshop coming at the heels of the recently submitted Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).

“This validation workshop is an important step towards supporting Nigeria to develop a robust legal architecture for the institutional MRV systems as well as prioritisation of barriers, management and reporting procedures”.

Stakeholders from MRV Waste sector midway into the deliberations pose for a group photograph

The outcomes of the analysis have culminated in the submitted interim reports which were presented to the different stakeholders so that they could examine and appraise the consultants’ findings. The consultants solicited inputs for improving the reports and analysis.

Issues in the reports were meaningfully debated and amended in plenary sessions to ensure their conformity and consistency with the consultancy’s Terms of Reference as well as enriching the content’s quality.

NCCRP Team Leader, Todd Ngara (standing)
delivers the opening remarks at the workshop

At the close of the workshops, stakeholders agreed with the consultants that the legal and the institutional framework for the energy and waste sectoral MRV systems are not presently available in Nigeria. However, the existing legal frameworks include some relevant provisions which might lay the foundation of the Enhanced Transparency Framework in the targeted sectors.

A cross section of stakeholders during the plenary session at the validation workshop

On the other hand, the mandates of the Department of Climate Change (DCC), National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), Nigerian Environmental Standards & Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA), and Energy Commission of Nigeria (ECN) remain relevant regarding the transparency framework.

The European Union funded NCCRP that supports the Federal Government of Nigeria’s efforts in fulfilling its conditional NDC target, constitutes a vital step towards the implementation of an MRV system in Nigeria.

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