VIENNA: Vice President Nanda Bahadur Pun made aware the international community that though Nepal had negligible role in carbon emission, it was bearing disproportionate brunt of the emission. “Nepal has experienced melting of Himalayans, disturbances in drinking water system and gradual disappearance of floras and faunas,” he stressed at the Austrian World Summit on climate action in Vienna on Tuesday.
Sharing Nepal’s renewable energy initiatives to mitigate and adapt with climate change, the Vice President said that the initiative of energy decade (2018-2028) announced last year before CoP 24 was an ambitious plan to substantially augment production of renewable energy such as hydropower, ending dependence on fossil fuel, promoting clean energy, and helping achieve national aspiration of ‘Prosperous Nepal, Happy Nepali’, according to the press release issued by the Embassy of Nepal in Vienna.
“It is an initiative to go for sustainable, dependable, accessible, quality clean energy and produce 15 thousand megawatts of hydropower within the decade to transform to a state of clean energy,” the Vice President mentioned.
The Vice President also highlighted on the initiatives such as ‘Every Settlement, Energy Settlement’, ‘Electric Stove in Every House’, ‘Light for Education and Health’, ‘Every House, Energy House’ and promotion of e-mobility. All these efforts, as she said were complemented by energy efficiency measures such as installation of smart grid system, smart street light system, and smart appliances.
Vice President Pun also said that renewable and alternative sources of energy such as solar, wind power, biogas, small and micro-hydropower have already benefited 3.6 million households, 18 percent of Nepali population, in the hinterlands that are not connected to national power grid. The energy decade aims to transform Nepal’s energy landscape to renewable sources and help mitigate the climate change, he added.
He also attended the luncheon hosted by the Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen in honor of the participating heads of State and Government.
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