Back to news
20 Dec 2019 | REEECH

Renewable energy solutions for enterprise development in the Hindu Kush Himalaya

19 – 20 November 2019 | Kathmandu, Nepal

1 min Read

70% Complete

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) have established an action-oriented partnership to accelerate the pace of RE adoption for strengthening economic value chains and developing resilient enterprises in the Hindu Kush Himalayas (HKH) region. The partnership aims to leverage the two institutions’ expertise and strong buy-in from governments as intergovernmental organizations. Within the framework of this partnership, ICIMOD and IRENA are conducting a comprehensive scoping exercise to analyse energy needs and gaps in selected key economic value chains in the HKH region and the opportunities offered by RE solutions. The scoping exercise further identifies actions needed for scaling up the use of RE and energy efficiency (EE) solutions.

Cost-competitive renewable energy solutions, coupled with their modularity and adaptability, provide a unique opportunity to reconcile energy, socio-economic development and climate objectives in the Hindu Kush Himalayas (HKH) region. Renewables could significantly contribute to improving livelihoods and well-being of mountain communities by providing access to reliable, affordable and environmentally-sustainable energy, while also strengthening local enterprises and climate resilience.

To share the preliminary findings of the assessment and gather feedback, IRENA and ICIMOD jointly organized a consultative workshop on “Renewable energy solutions for enterprise development in the Hindu Kush Himalaya” on 20 November 2019 in Kathmandu, Nepal. The workshop convened over 50 experts mainly comprising the three major stakeholder groups needed to deploy RE solutions at speed and scale across the HKH region: local enterprises; policy makers; and enablers such as financing institutions, development agencies, and foundations.

 

1 Jul 2015 News
Enhancing community preparedness in forest fire management in Nepal

Community members from Pragati, Jamuna, and Jana Pragati community forests in the Kayar Khola watershed of Nepal can now successfully ...

12 Oct 2015 HKPL
Highland festival brings Pakistan and China region together

Along the border of China and Pakistan, some fifteen thousand feet above sea level at Khunjerab pass, more than 5,000 ...

3 Jan 2017 News
ICIMOD Celebrates International Mountain Day 2016

[caption id="attachment_7730" align="aligncenter" width="560"] Speakers-cum-panelists at the knowledge forum. (Photo credit: Jitendra Bajracharya/ICIMOD)[/caption] On ...

3 Aug 2015 News
Putting resilient livelihoods at the center

The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), in collaboration with the National Planning Commission, Government of Nepal, launched the ‘Strategic Framework ...

4 Feb 2016 Climate change
Myanmar Journalists Learn Climate Change Communication

A five-day training for 20 Myanmar journalists on reporting climate change adaptation was organised by the International Centre for Integrated ...

30 Jul 2015 Atmosphere Initiative
Emerging platform for atmospheric scientists

Convective clouds change the distribution of air pollutants, washing out some with rainfall while transporting others high into the upper ...

24 Jul 2019 Cryosphere
Reassessing Tsho Rolpa glacial lake

Tsho Rolpa is a large, potentially dangerous glacial lake in Nepal that has been the subject of extensive research and ...