Implications of National Policies on Renewable Energy Technologies : Report of the Regional Experts' Consultation (1998)

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This report summarises the discussions held and recommendations made at the Regional Experts Consultation on Implications of National Policies on Renewable Energy Technologies organized by ICIMOD from 2-3 July 1997 with support from Canadian Cooperation Office in Kathmandu. The Objectives of the consultation were to assess the implications of national policies on Renewable Energy Technologies (RETs) in the context of the HKH Region, to identify factors that influence the adoption of RETs in relation to particular socioeconomic and biophysical settings, and to recommend policy packages for the development of RETs for the mountain areas of Nepal. The meeting reviewed and discussed various policies that had hampered the sustainable growth of RETs in the mountain communities of the HKH region with particular reference to China, India, Nepal, and Pakistan. The meeting helped to clarify the role energy can play in reducing drudgery, in reducing environmental degradation, and in providing linkages between energy and income generation. Also identified during the meeting was the necessity of compatibility of technology design to suit local conditions, private sector participation in the development of RETs and the affordability of RET devices by mountain communities. All of these factors are critical for improving the financial viability of RETs. The meeting was instrumental in proposing a framework for policy recommendations to promote the development of renewable energy resources and technologies in the Hindu Kush-Himalayan Region. During the meeting, four case studies carried out in Nepal were discussed: a) Mini-and Micro-hydropower; b) Solar Photovoltaic Technology; c) Biogas Plants; and d) Improved Cooking Stoves. The meeting also charged out policy and institutional measures suitable for Nepal.

 

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