Stakeholders have charged that the government provides clean and sustainable energy for all. Today while discussing the topic ‘Energy that transforms — the Road to 2030’ here in the Capital, the stakeholders have highlighted the present situation of the country’s climate change policy and also the status of energy access.
Conversing at the discussion program, Ram Prasad Dhital, a member of the Nepal Electricity Regulatory Commission, said that the government is bound to strengthening and supporting people to ensure clean energy for everybody.
He further stated that the commission is bound to formulating fundamental laws and pushing the government entities to enforce clean energy access. He said that they have just 10 years to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal of universal energy access. Despite some progress, some obstacles still remain.
Achyut Luitel, country director of Practical Action Nepal, said that the government has been striving to provide affordable clean energy mainly through grid extension programs, but the quality of service has often not been good and the poor have not been able to access it in the aspired manner.
He advised the government to form a united plan and action for the grid and off-grid electricity, by laying more emphasis on providing clean energy for cooking purposes too.
Luitel said that they have suggested the government address such issues through a holistic approach and address the demand side and not just the supply side of clean energy, and they have also asked the government to support multi-stakeholder processes, embrace inclusivity and increase public funding for clean energy programs.
On May 25, Minister for Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation, Barsha Man Pun, had made a statement while addressing the United Nations’ Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) programme that the government is achieving significant progress in areas of developing and mainstreaming hydropower as well as renewable energy projects to reduce dependency on imported fossil fuels by replacing them with clean sources of energy.
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