22 June - 2017, 5:54 pm

Product Development and Labeling of Clean Cookstoves and Standardized Biomass Fuels for Nepali Market

Developing Improved Solutions for Cooking (DISC) is a technical assistance programme, which is implemented by the World Bank with Energy Sector Management Assistance Programme (ESMAP) funding under the country action track of SE4All initiative. Among all stakeholders in the Nepali clean cookstove sector, there is a general consensus that “improvement” in clean cookstoves should be in terms of reduced household air pollution, efficient use of fuel, faster cooking time, robustness and reparability, and improved sanitation (healthy kitchen practices). Perception of modernity, affordability, ease of operation, use of local materials and labor, ability to provide multiple utilities, and ability to perform specialized functions are some of the other key attributes associated to clean cookstoves by stakeholders. Activities promoting innovations in cookstove design and product development are essential for meeting the target of universal access.DISC project activities will complement the ongoing and planned work plan of BESC and assist in scaling up clean cookstove deployment. The project will support clean cookstove and biomass fuel product development and labeling.

Vision: Support clean cookstove and biomass fuel product development and labelling in Nepal.

Mission: Increase the variety and number of advanced clean cookstoves available in Nepali market with fuel options and promote branding and labeling.


  • Develop clean cookstoves prototypes and clean biomass fuel options collaborating with private sector manufacturers and distributors and prepare action plan to go for mass production. 
  • Increase the variety and number of advanced clean cookstoves available in Nepali market by facilitating franchising model between potential external manufactures/suppliers and Nepalese enterprises. 
  • Promote branding and labeling of the clean cookstoves to create value for the target customers in line with SE4All Levels of access to household cooking solutions, International Organization for Standards – International Working Agreement (ISOIWA) Tiers, and ongoing efforts to develop National standards.

Project Partners:
National Rural Renewable Energy Programme (NRREP) led by Alternative Energy Promotion Centre (AEPC), under Ministry of Science and Technology (MoEST), Governmaent of Nepal; Centre for Energy and Environment (CEEN); Energy Environment Research and Development Centre (EERDC), The World Bank.

Development Partners (Funding agencies): The World Bank

Project Duration: 18 Months 12 August 2015 to 28 February 2017

Project Area: Throughout the Country

Beneficiaries: All Bio-energy stakeholders in the country; Nepal Bureau of Standards and Metrology (NBSM), NRREP/ AEPC.

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