Embedding Sustainability: University of Derby CPD Seminar in Nigeria

Developing sustainable value chains in private and public organisations are critical to achieving tangible national sustainability benefits in line with The Sustainable Development Goals and a circular economy.

The University of Derby Online Learning and the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) invites intending and existing sustainability professionals to a FREE jointly accredited continuous professional development (CPD) seminar in Nigeria with the theme:

Embedding Sustainability in Value Chains of Public and Private Organisations.

Join Dr Uche Okere in July 2019

UK-based Sustainability and environmental management specialist Dr Uche Okere, will be visiting Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt over three dates between 6-13 July to deliver these free seminars.

What will you gain?

  1. Thought leadership content on workshop theme
  2. Details of UDOL and IEMA Sustainability and Environmental management programmes
  3. Information on accessing exemptions and discounts in the MSc Sustainability and Environmental Management programme
  4. Free jointly accredited IEMA and University of Derby CPD certificate of attendance
  5. Networking opportunity for existing and intending IEMA members

Seminar Details

Lagos: L’eola Hotel, 1 Mogambo Close, Maryland Estate

Date: Saturday 6th July

Time: 10am – 1pm

Abuja: Bolton White Hotel, 7 Gwandu Street, Opposite Sahad Stores, Area 11, Garki 2

Date: Wednesday 10th July

Time: 10am – 1pm

Port Harcourt: Novotel, 3 Stadium Rd, Rumuomasi, Port Harcourt, Nigeria

Date: Saturday 13th July

Time: 10am – 1pm


Want more information?

If you require any more information about the free seminar series taking place in July please don’t hesitate to get in touch via email UDOLenquiries@derby.ac.uk or phone +44 (0) 1332 594000.


AFSIA: Bringing hope for a bright solar future

Africa is paving the way to a bright solar future driven by a conviction: solar energy is the best ally to support our continent’s growth.

AFSIA (Africa Solar Industry Association) is your go-to platform for anything solar across Africa.

Being a member of AFSIA gives you the following benefits:

  • Access to database of projects classified in different categories
  • The latest tenders in the region and related documents
  • Discount to attend industry events
  • Speaking slots & opportunities
  • White-papers and research reports on topics related to solar technology policies
  • High-level and focused networking opportunities
  • Exposure to key stakeholders in both the public and private sector

Below is a list of Supporting Members who are also leaders in their respective field of solar across Africa:

JinkoSolar is a global leader in the solar industry with an integrated annual capacity of 8 GW for silicon ingots and wafers, 5 GW for solar cells, and 8 GW for solar modules.

Sterling and Wilson started with its solar EPC business in the year 2011 and has a portfolio of over 6 GWp of projects at various stages of implementation across 25 countries.

BBOXX is a next-generation utility platform, powering growth and transforming lives in developing countries. We are generating impact by improving customers’ quality of life through provision of affordable, clean energy solutions

DuPont Photovoltaic Solutions is the leading supplier of specialty materials to the solar energy industry, with a portfolio of products with over 40 years of service that deliver proven power and lasting value for the fast-growing photovoltaic sector.

A leading international law firm recognised by Acritas as a Global Elite Law Firm, Eversheds-Sutherland regularly advise on billion dollar deals and high profile cases on behalf of the world’s most powerful corporations and financial institutions.

Visit us at AFSIASOLAR to find out more about our programs, exclusive content and benefits of becoming a member


Progress on Environmental Stewardship: Cummins Inc

Cummins Inc is a global power leader serving customers through their network of 500 company-owned and independent distributor facilities in more than 190 countries. Founded in 1919, Cummins revenue stream (2017) was put at $20.4 billion and is a fortune 500 firm (2017 rank:159).

As a frontline provider of power generation systems, components and other services in distributed power generation especially in West Africa, the company’s biggest environmental impact is through its products in use by its customers. Cummins has been working with customers for several years to help them operate Cummins’ products efficiently, reducing their environmental impact while saving customers money.

“Our products help to drive the basic foundations of the economy: moving food to store shelves; moving energy so that we can operate in our buildings, etc. But (our) products do impact the environment, that’s a really important thing for us to acknowledge,”

Chairman and CEO Tom Linebarger

Cummins constantly takes advantage of opportunities to innovate, and drive wealth creation for  shareholders and for customers while reducing the impact they have on the environment.

Since 2014, the company’s fuel economy teams around the world have implemented more than 250 products-in-use projects, achieving a 3.4 million metric ton annual run rate of CO2 reduction toward the company’s goal of a 3.5 million metric ton run rate by 2020.

Projects have targeted machine integration, systems optimization and helping customers analyze their operations to reduce things like engine idling.


Cummins are driving CO2 emissions cut by nearly 16 million metric tons, which would lead to saving customers up to $6.3 billion through greater fuel efficiency by the end of 2020. Cummins expects to work with about 20 percent of its customer base, touching nearly 2 million engines as it tailors engine specifications to customer applications.

Here’s a quick look at Cummins’ performance on other environmental goals:


Since the goal’s baseline year of 2010, water use adjusted for hours worked is down by 44 percent. The company’s goal is a 50 percent reduction by 2020.

Cummins’ water neutrality work is also progressing. Eight sites have now been validated as water neutral toward the company’s 2020 goal of 15. They are off-setting their water use with community improvements that either conserve water or make new sources available.


Cummins has so far achieved about a 25 percent reduction in energy intensity (energy use adjusted by hours worked) toward its 2020 goal of a 32 percent reduction at its facilities.


Cummins in 2017 recycled 90 percent of the total waste the company generated, a slight increase over 2016. The company’s goal is to recycle 95 percent of its waste by 2020.

Ten sites have been certified as zero disposal sites – seven in Europe and one each in North America, the Asia-Pacific region and China – toward the company’s global goal of 30 by 2020.

Eighteen additional sites are approaching zero disposal, but face challenges such as regulatory barriers in India and China, and the absence of vendors to help with hard-to-recycle wastes.


In 2017, Cummins changed its transportation management system provider. By the end of 2019, 80 percent of the Cummins network will be using an optimized transportation solution.

The change is expected to result in more accurate data, and the company will be unable to report its progress until the baseline data is stable, which is expected in 2018.

You can learn more about Cummins’ performance on its environmental goals by going to the Environmental section of the 2017 Sustainability Progress Report starting on page 14.


Blair Claflin (Director of Sustainability Communications for Cummins Inc.)

Blair joined the Company in 2008 as the Diversity Communications Director. Blair comes from a newspaper background. He worked previously for the Indianapolis Star (2002-2008) and for the Des Moines Register (1997-2002) prior to that.

Climate Finance Workshop and Exhibition 2019

Climate Finance Workshop and Exhibition 2019

In partnership with the International Finance Corporation (IFC), First City Monument Bank (FCMB) is pleased to announce the Climate Finance Workshop for Businesses in Nigeria.

The Climate Finance Workshop 2019 is designed to provide an overview of the critical concepts of climate finance as well as tangible best practices for scaling-up climate finance to address mitigation and adaptation activities in Nigeria.

This workshop will foster broader market-building activities such as research and advocacy, as well as help facilitate the building of relationships to enhance an ecosystem for access to energy solutions and adopt cleaner energy sources in Nigeria.

Theme: Energy Efficiency and Solar Energy Solutions for your Business.


Players within the Renewable Energy, Sustainability and Environmental management space across sectors including:

  • Agriculture
  • Education
  • Hospitality
  • Health
  • Manufacturing
  • Engineering
  • Oil and gas
  • Consulting



Date: Tuesday, 11 June 2019

Venue: Sheba Center, 20 Mobolaji Bank Anthony Way, Maryland, Ikeja


Date: Friday, 14 June 2019

Venue: Genesis Event Center, Besides Fire Station, Challenge / Molete Road


Date: Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Venue: Stonehedge Hotel, 1041 Kur Mohammed Avenue, Street, Abuja

Port Harcourt

Date: Friday, 28 June 2019

Venue: Landmark Hotel, 4, Worlu street, Off Olu-Obasanjo Road, D/Line, PHC

The event is free but strictly by invitation. To participate in this workshop, please click REGISTER and wait for your confirmation.