ICIMOD’s current work on Energy

In 2013, ICIMOD renewed its energy related activities and created a range of knowledge products in the first two years to lay the ground for future work. This was followed up by implementation work on the ground and further training programs. Clean energy access is now considered crucial for achieving almost all SDGs consistent priorities for the HKH region, from its role in reducing poverty (through advancements in health, education, water supply, gender equality, agriculture and industrialization) to addressing climate change adaption and mitigation. The focus on energy work in the second phase has been somewhat similar to the first phase. In addition, we have looked at issues of community level benefit sharing from large hydro projects and emphasized the need for providing sustainable financial solutions for uptake of renewable energy technologies (RET). ICIMOD is also in the process up of setting up a Himalayan Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency which will act as the hub of all the eight regional member countries for their renewable energy related work.