ICIMOD’s energy work in the past

In 1990s, ICIMOD undertook a state of the art review on rural energy use in the mountain areas of the HKH countries. This document provided the basis for ICIMOD’s work to focus on  promotion of decentralized, renewable community-based energy options.

ICIMOD was instrumental in promotion of decentralized renewable energy technologies through capacity building for mini-and micro-hydropower program and traditional water mills. The manuals produced on the subject continue to be used in the region as a means to reduce poverty.

Over the years, ICIMOD's programme on energy has implemented initiatives that focus on renewable energy technologies. Two major projects were implemented till 2008. Yet, despite huge potential, the promotion and accelerated adoption of decentralized sustainable energy are still in the initial stages and have not transformed into economies of scale due to a broad range of policy and regulatory, financial, technical, knowledge, awareness, cultural and capacity barriers to their penetration in the rural mountain areas of the HKH region.