KATHMANDU, April 6:
In a bid to draft the Biomass Energy Strategy (BEST) for Nepal, action plans for sustainable utilization of biomass energy was discussed on Sunday.
Organizing a workshop to prepare an action plan for BEST, experts and representatives of various institutions associated with biomass energy development, discussed possible activities for the sustainable management of biomass resources in the country to address both supply and demand in the future.
The workshop participants also discussed the roles and responsibilities of various stakeholders and the resources necessary for the implementation of the action plan.
While the country still possesses large biomass resources, for decades concerns have been raised that their current use is unsustainable, states the press release of the Nepal Energy Efficiency Program. “This situation has not yet been adequately addressed,” the statement read.
Thus, the Nepal Energy Efficiency Program (NEEP), the Water and Energy Commission Secretariat (WECS), together with the Alternative Energy Promotion Centre (AEPC) and support from GIZ, have started the formulation of a Biomass Energy Strategy (BEST) as part of the National Energy Strategy.
NEEP, the Nepali-German Program executed by WECS is supported by the German Development Cooperation, GIZ, on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).
Studies being carried out by various experts is expected to allow the decision makers to decide on the best way to achieve the political targets related to the sustainable development of biomass energy.
Earlier in January, the BEST workshop participants had discussed different scenarios for the future development of biomass energy in the national energy mix were presented by a team of local and as a federal enterprise.
Source : Republica