Symposium: Sustainable Energy Generation

First NRN Global Knowledge Convention

Symposium: Sustainable Energy Generation

Date: 14 October 2018

Time: 08:40-12:50

Hall: TBC



This symposium will assess Nepal’s existing policies and technical capacities related to clean energy generation and management, and recommend technologies, policies and mechanisms towards achieving improved development and management of sustainable energy in the country.


Focus: Sustainable energy, clean energy, environment-friendly energy, energy policies and economics, solar and wind energy, capacity building, research and education


Background: As Nepal seeks to increase the income levels for its citizens, making clean and affordable energy available for industries, firms, commercial establishments and households will be an important task for the government and private sector. Energy is a critical input both for the amplified production targets required to increase the economic activities, and to support the growing industrial, commercial and residential consumption patterns. Ensuring the best use of natural resources to produce energy that is clean and sustainable requires knowledge of a broad spectrum of engineering, economics, management, policy and environmental conservation approaches.


This symposium on “sustainable and environmental-friendly energy production” as a part of the NRNA-organized “First Global Knowledge Convention” in Kathmandu in October 2018 will provide a platform for scholars, professionals and practitioners to present their findings and experience and discuss the topic of energy and environmental technologies that are particularly relevant to Nepal.  The central theme of the symposium is to provide participants a platform to share ongoing research and development outcomes, and practices and policies in generating clean energy that support development and environmental goals. For sustainability goals, and to minimize negative impacts on human health, ecosystem and the environment, Nepal needs to devise and apply energy generation technologies and programs that are environment-friendly.


Themes: Consistent with the objectives of the Convention, this section of the Symposium will focus on the following topics.


  1. Hydropower development (H): Improving efficiency, mitigating environmental and socio-economic impacts, finding more efficient technologies and best practices
  2. Solar Energy (PV and Thermal) (S): Assessing the current situation, programs, technologies, cost-effectiveness, measuring and improving reliability, replacement, recycling of panels, improving battery performances, training technicians
  3. Wind Energy (W): Assessing feasibility, identifying potential geographical locations, suitable types of technologies including hybrid system with solar power to maintain stable over the clock energy supply.
  4. Biofuels and Bioenergy (B): (including energy from waste)
  5. Creating climate-friendly energy (C): environmental management in energy production
  6. Economic and financial aspects of energy production (E): energy policies, exploring financing mechanisms to increase clean energy production.



Contact Information of Symposium Coordinators:

  • Ambika P. Adhikari, Principal Planner, City of Tempe, Sr. Sust. Scientist, AZ State University (
  • Subodh Sharma, Kathmandu University, Dhulikhel, Nepal. (
  • Pramod Dhakal, NRNA Academy, Kathmandu, Nepal (

Program Schedule

Symposium 10: Sustainable Energy
14 October 2018, 08:15-12:50, Madhavi Hall
Session A: Energy Policies and Economics, Moderator: Dr Pramod Dhakal
Tea and networking
InvitedGovinda Timilsina, Dr Hydropower for sustainable energy supply and economic development in NepalWorld
InvitedJiwan Mallik, Mr Prospects and future of utility scale solar PV in NepalAlternative Energy Promotion Center,
InvitedKushal Gurung, Mr Prospects of wind power in NepalWindpower Pvt. Ltd.,
Rapid FireRamhari Poudyal, MrEnergy crisis of Nepal and sustainable solutionsSwansea University,
Rapid FirePawan Dhakal, MrVocational and skill training for hydropower development in
Rapid FireVijay Jaishwal, MrGrowth and environmental sustainability in SAARC: A regional initiativeKathmandu University School of Law,
Panel Discussion and Q&ASunil Lohani, Prof Issues related to energy economics and policies in NepalKathmandu University,
SummaryPramod Dhakal
Session B: Clean Energy Production, Moderator: Surya Lamsal
InvitedGovinda Raj Pokharel, Prof   Promoting clean energy in NepalFormer Vice Chairperson, National Planning Commission,
InvitedRam Manohar Shrestha, Prof  Energy security and hydropower development issues in NepalAsian Institute of Technology, Bangkok,
InvitedSurya Lamsal, Mr Infrastructure development for sustainable power supply in Nepal New York Power
ContributedBadri KC, DrEnergy efficiency program: A gift from diaspora to NepalGeneral Secretary, NRNA
Panel Discussion and Q&ASunil Lohani, Prof Issues related to energy economics and policies in NepalKathmandu University,
SummarySurya Lamsal, Mr