National Assembly Forwards Renewable Energy and Efficiency Bill to Legislation Committee for Detailed Review

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 Kathmandu, July 2: In a significant move towards enhancing the country’s energy policies, the National Assembly (NA) on Monday forwarded the ‘Bill relating to Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, 2081′(2024) to the Legislation Management Committee for clause-wise discussion. This decision marks a pivotal step in the legislative process, aiming to foster sustainable energy practices and improve energy efficiency across the nation.

The proposal to send the Bill to the committee was presented by Minister for Education, Science and Technology, Sumana Shrestha, on behalf of Minister for Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation, Shakti Bahadur Basnet. Minister Shrestha emphasized the importance of the Bill in promoting renewable energy sources and implementing energy-efficient technologies, which are crucial for addressing the challenges posed by climate change and energy security.

“Renewable energy and energy efficiency are at the heart of our national development strategy. This Bill is a testament to our commitment to sustainable development and reducing our reliance on fossil fuels,” said Minister Shrestha during the assembly session. She further highlighted that the Bill would facilitate the adoption of innovative technologies and practices, contributing to the country’s economic growth and environmental sustainability.

The proposal received unanimous approval from the assembly members, reflecting a strong consensus on the need for progressive energy policies. The unanimous vote underscores the NA’s recognition of the urgency and importance of transitioning to renewable energy sources and improving energy efficiency.

The clause-wise discussion by the Legislation Management Committee will involve a detailed examination of each provision within the Bill. This process is expected to ensure that the legislation is comprehensive and effective in addressing the diverse aspects of renewable energy and energy efficiency. Stakeholders from various sectors, including industry experts, environmentalists, and policymakers, are likely to provide their inputs during the committee’s review, ensuring that the Bill is robust and inclusive.

The National Assembly is scheduled to reconvene at 1:15 PM today, where further discussions on other legislative matters are anticipated. The progress of the ‘Bill relating to Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, 2081’ will be closely monitored, as it represents a critical component of the nation’s strategy to build a sustainable and resilient energy future.

The forwarding of this Bill to the Legislation Management Committee signals a proactive approach by the National Assembly in addressing the pressing issues of energy sustainability and efficiency. As the country grapples with the impacts of climate change and strives for energy independence, the successful implementation of this Bill could set a precedent for other nations in the region to follow.

In conclusion, the National Assembly’s decision to send the renewable energy Bill for clause-wise discussion marks a significant milestone in Nepal’s legislative journey towards sustainable development. The comprehensive review by the Legislation Management Committee is expected to pave the way for effective and forward-looking energy policies, benefiting both the environment and the economy.