Minister vows to promote alternative energy

Kathmandu, February 21

A delegation from Renewable Energy Confederation, an umbrella body of various organisations associated with renewable energy, advised the government to increase people’s access to clean energy by making amendments to the existing acts and laws and formulating new ones.

The delegation gave such advice during a meeting with Minister for Population and Environment Lalbabu Pandit.

On the occasion, the delegation urged the minister to run programmes for promoting micro hydropower projects, solar power, use of improved ovens and wind energy to meet the country’s increasing power demand.

In response, Minister Pandit pledged to implement programmes to minimise the negative impact of climate change and to protect environment. He was of the view that combined efforts from the government, donor agencies and private sector were necessary to increase people’s access to alternative energy.

Minister Pandit also said that special attention would be given to protect environment through the promotion of renewable energy and reduction of dependency on conventional means of energy and imported fuel.

The delegation led by Confederation chair Gunaraj Dhakal also congratulated Pandit on his appointment as the minister and wished him a successful tenure.