Up-scaling the production and consumption of bio-energy to reduce carbon emissions and increase local employment in Nepal

Up-scaling the production and consumption of bio-energy to reduce carbon emissions and increase local employment in Nepal

Now, if we don’t contact our buyers for a few days, they call us and inquire why we are not delivering charcoal to them. We are really happy.

Deep Narayan Chaudhary, Kushal Byabasay Pramarsha tatha Talim Kendra Pvt. Ltd, Bara district.

CONTEXT

Nepal’s overall energy requirement (for domestic and industrial purpose) has increased substantially with the recent rapid urbanisation and expansion of businesses, such as hotels, restaurants and brick industries. The industries and the urban/ peri-urban population rely heavily on imported fossil fuels; wood fuel meeting 75% of the total energy needs. Both fuel sources are neither sustainable nor environment friendly.

OBJECTIVES

  • Create more green jobs through up-scaling small and medium sized charcoal enterprises.
  • Reduce carbon emission through diversifying the production and use of charcoal as an alternative to imported fossil fuels (coal, LPG and kerosene).
  • Sustain the production and supply of charcoal by strengthening the role of actors in the charcoal ssector while at the same time protecting natural resources.

RESULTS

  • Increased production and processing capacity of charcoal enterprises.
  • Use of charcoal increased with a reduced use of fossil fuels.
  • Sustainable availability and supply of charcoal to industries has been guaranteed.

TESTIMONY

Converting to bio-charcoal

Forests cover 5.96 million hectares and offer immense potential to harness energy from forest wastes. These wastes are collected for forest management purposes and offer income and employment to poor and disadvantaged groups  who rely on forests for firewood and fodder. They can also benefit from forest waste thanks to its conversion to bio-charcoal, while contributing to reducing green gas emission and productive management of forest resources (maintaining forest eco-system and controlling forest fires).

"Bio-energy is phasing out soon. If we were implementing through earlier [enterprise] model, we would also be phasing out our engagement in bio-charcoal. Now we have registered a new company called Kushal Suppliers and employed four people to look after charcoal business. We are happily increasing our investment."

Deep Narayan Chaudhary, Kushal Byabasay Pramarsha tatha Talim Kendra Pvt. Ltd, Bara district.