,Review of Gender and Social Inclusion in Renewable Energy Sector in Nepal By Ram Prasad Dhital
Centre for Rural Technology, Nepal (CRT/N) is a partner of the Global Alliance for Clean Cook stoves (GACC), a public-private initiative led by the United Nations Foundation (UNF) to save lives, improve livelihoods, empower women and preserve the environment by creating a thriving global market for clean cooking solutions.
The project is a part of GACC’s strategy to strengthen the cook stoves sector’s ability to evaluate, communicate, improve performance of cook stoves and fuels and thus improve adoption of clean cook stoves. In line with GACC’s mission RTKC Nepal is dedicated to improve the testing facility and provide quality service to stove stakeholders and extend its service to the regional level regarding capacity building, stoves testing, forming National Standards on Cook stoves Performance Testing and harmonizing with International Standards.
RTKC Nepal was selected for development of Business Plan by GACC in 2015 which has been instrumental in becoming sustainable center so far. Not only Cook stoves testing RTKC has been undertaking lab and field researches on bio-energy technologies and socio-economic perspectives of the bio-energy projects and for its sustainability and extended horizon.
Vision: To be the region’s experts in research, testing and development of bio-energy products & services.
Mission: To Improve Technology, communicate performance and promote sales and adoption of clean cooking devices and support the process of standardization in the country and the globe.
Development Partners (Funding agencies):
Global Alliance for Clean Cook stoves (GACC) led by United Nations Foundation (UNF)
More than 30 organizations globally have already benefited by RTKC Nepal Service within the country and abroad for RTKC services and Collaborative projects by now.
Second phase Capacity Building grants from UNF GACC ended on March 2015. It is functioning as the Research and Development unit of bio-energy sector and has been undertaking few short term research projects.
Field researches are most often in remote areas where biomass energy is a crucial part of people’s life while the short term lab research is based in the lab in Kathmandu. The clients are global.
RTKC Nepal has been working with the number of National and International Organizations. Most of the time, the research testing clients are stove manufacturers, stove program implementers, research institutions and universities. The ultimate beneficiaries are the bio-energy stakeholders in the value chain.