Posted on 23 November 2023
23rd November 2023, Kathmandu
: The document ‘Policy Roadmap for Nepal to Transition to 100% RE by 2050’ was launched at the National Conference on 100% Renewable Energy: Accelerating RE. Implementing NDC. Advancing Just Transition at Hotel Yak and Yeti in Kathmandu, Nepal. The document aims to complement the policy pathways for Nepal to transition towards 100% Renewable Energy (RE) by 2050 to support in meeting the national commitments made for the energy sector and in obtaining green and inclusive low carbon economic development. It is expected to support the policy makers and RE practitioners by identifying key barriers to transition to 100% RE pathways and proposes recommendations to achieve it.
The document was launched in the presence of over 100 participants across varied stakeholders– government, civil society, business and academia in sectors adjacent to climate change and energy. The event was chaired by Nawa Raj Dhakal, Executive Director of Alternate Energy Promotion Centre (AEPC) with Hon. Deepak Bahadur Singh, Chair, Infrastructure Development Committee, Parliament of Nepal as the chief-guest. It also hosted Mr. Gopal Prasad Sigdel, Secretary of Ministry of Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation as special guest.
“In our journey towards 100% RE, it is important to look deeper into Nepal’s Nationally Determined Contributions and find areas of emphasis within them. We found that residential, industrial and transportation sectors were the sectors where traditional energy sources and fossil fuels were most prominent
.” Said Mr. Nawa Raj Dhakal, remarking about the need for the Policy Road Map document.
“Access is not enough in these sectors, we need to be more dedicated to these sectors and give more emphasis. Hence, these sectors have been included in the policy roadmap. This document will serve as a guiding document for both the government as well as for those working in the private sector
”, he added.
The Policy Roadmap has been prepared through a collaborative and evidence-based approach by engaging with key energy stakeholders from the Multi-Actor Partnerships (MAPs) platform. It specifically focuses on the N-1.5ºC and provides the roadmap for the three priority sectors – residential, industrial, and transportation.
The national conference was organized by Prakriti Resources Center (PRC) and WWF Nepal in collaboration with Alternative Energy Promotion Center (AEPC) with support from the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany via the Multi-Actor Partnerships (MAPs) for Implementing Nationally Determined Contributions for All in the Global South project. The main objective of the event was to bring multi-stakeholders together to discuss challenges, opportunities and the way forward on the accelerating RE initiatives for NDC implementation and advance the national discourse and build collective vision towards just energy transition with 100%RE and a resilient energy system to realize net-zero emission by 2045.
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