Developing a capacity building programme on energy efficiency in Nepal

Shortages in energy supply have substantially hindered Nepal’s economic development. Its main energy resources are hydropower and biomass: about 75 per cent of Nepal’s energy is obtained from burning wood. This is not only an inefficient practice which threatens forest stands but affects people’s health as well. Increasing the use of hydropower and other renewable energies, such as solar energy, while also introducing energy efficiency measures will reduce the importance of fossil energy sources. What is more, carbon dioxide emissions contributing to global climate change could be avoided in this way. Against this background, adelphi was commissioned by InWEnt to develop a Capacity Building Programme for Nepal. The programme’s main elements have been conceptualised via cooperative dialogues with potential partner organisations and decision-makers in Nepal. Based on the findings of interviews in Kathmandu, the project focuses on energy efficiency in buildings and industry, as well as in household appliances.