Centre for Rural Technology, Nepal (CRT/N) is a professional non-governmental organization engaged in developing and promoting appropriate rural technologies effective in meeting the basic needs and improving livelihood of rural people. Established in August 1989 under the Company Act, CRT/N has been re-registered with Government of Nepal (GoN) under the Social Organization Registration Act 2034 since October 1998. The organization is actively engaged in upgrading traditional technologies as well as developing new technologies with diversified and versatile applications to meet rural needs.
CRT/N as a professional/innovative organization and knowledge centre in renewable energy/appropriate technology delivering quality services to local communities for improving their livelihood.
Develop, promote and disseminate environmentally sound rural/appropriate technologies and strengthen capability of rural communities in creating better opportunities through mobilisation of local resources to improve their livelihood conditions.
- Promote and disseminate rural/appropriate technologies to meet the basic needs of the people and improve their quality of life.
- Conduct adaptive and action-oriented research on indigenous and improved rural/appropriate technologies.
- Train and transfer technical information and know-how on production, installation and management of rural/appropriate technologies.
- Assist in development of technical and institutional capabilities for sustainable development.
- Provide technical support and consulting services in the field of rural energy and environment conservation.
Area of Specialization
Development and promotion of rural/appropriate and Renewable Energy Technologies (RETs):
- Household, commercial and institutional Improved Cookstoves (ICS) (fixed type, prefabricated portable rocket stoves, metallic stoves);
- Briquette, pellet and charcoal;
- Improved Water Mill (IWM) with diversified end uses including electrification;
- Hydraulic ram pump;
- Solar cookers/dryers;
- Other appropriate technologies
- Total access to energy (through intervention of technologies like ICS, IWM, hydram, solar dryer/ cooker, and others);
- Household air quality;
- Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) in energy sector;
- Community water management;
- Climate change – adaptation and mitigation;
- Productive end use – employment and income
- International Network on Gender and Sustainable Energy (ENERGIA), the Netherlands: ENERGIA links individuals and groups concerned with energy, sustainable development and gender;
- Gender, Energy and Water Network (GEWNet): In the capacity of the National Focal Point of ENERGIA for Nepal, CRT/N has been managing the GEWNet since 2002;
- International Network for Sustainable Energy (INforSE), Denmark: CRT/N is the National Focal Point for Nepal since 2005;
- Nexus Carbon for Development, Singapore: CRT/N is the founding member since 2008;
- South Asia - Evidence-Based Policy inī Development Network (SA-ebpdn): The Network is coordinated by Centre for Poverty Analysis (CEPA), Sri Lanka and CRT/N has been the Steward of the Network in Nepal since 2009.
- Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves (GACC):Through its support to Regional Cookstoves Testing and Knowledge Centre (RTKC) at CRT/N, it has been supporting in the formation of International Standards on Clean Cookstoves and Cooking Solutions.
- Asian Alliance of Appropriate Technology Practitioners (APPROTECH Asia), the Philippines
- Energy for All Partnership
- Gender and Water Alliance (GWA), the Netherlands
- Global Alliance for Clean Cookstove (GACC), USA ; Implementing partner
- Global Village Energy Partnership (GVEP), UK
- International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Switzerland; Executive member of Nepal National Committee of IUCN
- Partnership for Clean Indoor Air (PCIA), USA
- Solar Cookers International Association, USA
- The Mountain Fund, USA
- World Council of Renewable Energy (WCRE), Germany
- Global Gender and Climate Alliance Nepal (GGCAN)
- Indoor Air Pollution and Health Forum, Nepal
- Sustainable Tourism Network (STN), Nepal