Up-Scaling the Production and Consumption of Bio-Energy to Reduce Carbon Emissions and Enhance Local Employment in Nepal
With the recent rapid urbanisation and expansion of businesses, such as hotels, restaurants and brick industries, Nepal's overall energy requirement for both domestic and industrial purposes has increased substantially. At present these industries rely heavily on imported fossil fuels despite substantial increase in their prices in the past few years. It is therefore essential to meet the increasing energy demand and to replace environmentally hazardous fossil fuels with locally produced bio-energy, helping to reduce carbon emissions and create additional local employment.
This Project aims to contribute to national goal of poverty reduction through up-scaling the production and industrial consumption of bio-energy, thereby increasing employment and reducing carbon emissions.
Duration: 1/2014 - 12/2017
Total budget: EUR 1,970,703 (EU Contribution: 90%)
Ms. Moon Shrestha
HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation (HSI)
As the lead partner, HSI is responsible for the overall project management. HSI contributes in enabling charcoal enterprises to make business planning and to provide links to financial institutions.
International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN)
IUCN supports forest user groups in planning and harvesting of biomass sustainably. IUCN also contributes to biomass harvesting for sale, negotiation with charcoal producers, distribution and use of income from the sale of biomass, and to the understanding of value chain.
Asia Network for Sustainable Agriculture and Bio resources (ANSAB)
ANSAB plays a role in developing complete value chain of bio-briquette; linking up producers with marketing companies and retail outlets, market expansion especially in hotel and restaurant industries; and strengthening charcoal associations.
Sustainable Technology Adaptive Research & Implementation Center / Nepal (STARIC/N)
STARIC/N is a project partner. It provides capacity building for SMEs to produce quality charcoal to meet industrial requirements (enhancing occupational health and safety measures) as well as to enhance demand in brick industries.
Winrock International (WI)
WI is a project partner and contributes to developing reliable channels between SMEs and local cooperatives / micro-finance institutions for access to finance as well as capacity building.