Nepal Energy Efficiency Programme (NEEP)

Nepal Energy Efficiency Programme (NEEP) is being implemented to promote and realize energy efficiency in Nepal since 2010. The Nepali- German programme NEEP is implemented by the Ministry of Energy, Government of Nepal with technical assistance provided by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), acting on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). After completing its first phase in June 2014, NEEP continues to support improving the efficiency use of energy in Nepal in its second phase from July 2014 to June 2017. The programme assists with the introduction of market based energy efficiency services for the private and public sector. It also backs the development and introduction of performance for biomass based improved cooking stoves for rural households. Moreover, it provides direct advice and expertise to the government for the establishment of policy and institutional framework to foster energy efficiency in the country.

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Along with growing prominence of energy efficiency in the country achieved in the past, the second phase of NEEP focuses on horizontal and vertical widening of the energy efficiency market. The Energy Efficiency Center (EEC) under the Federation of Nepalese Chamber of Commerce and Industry as well as energy efficiency units at District Chamber of Commerce and Industry in various districts continue to provide energy efficiency services not only to industrial sectors but also to energy intensive public infrastructure. In addition to energy intensive industries, the services are provided to public and municipal infrastructures. For this, NEEP closely collaborates with the Nepal Electricity Authority and the Town Development Fund. Along with raising awareness among the stakeholders, EEC provides trainings on energy efficiency both for energy auditors and energy managers. Efforts are made towards creating conducive financial services with participation of local banks for encouraging investment in energy efficiency measures. Moreover, platforms are created with participation of industries, policy makers and academia for sharing their learning experiences.

Sustainable and Efficient Industrial Development (SEID)

The Sustainable and Efficient Industrial Development (SEID) project is an initiative under the Switch Asia Program of the European Union which seeks to shift consumption and production activities in Asia to a more sustainable manner. The project focuses on implementing “Resource Efficiency and Responsible Production” interventions in the tourism industry and agro-based industries, which significantly contribute to the economic development of Nepal, yet also to carbon emissions and resource exploitation.

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Tourism and Agro-based Industries are an important growth sector in both Nepal and Bhutan and contributes significantly to their GDP, employment generation, and foreign exchange earnings. However the rise in tourists’ arrivals has put extra pressure on developing additional infrastructure and has contributed directly to environmental degradation, waste generation and environmental pollution. Competitiveness of Agro based Industries are fast eroding as a result of outdated technology, lack of optimized process and unsustainable sourcing. In Nepal demand for electricity increases by 10% every year whereas production remains constant and the 12 hours daily power cuts are a reality. While both Bhutan and Nepal have ample supply of water, the water tables in many famous tourist destinations and industrial zones are stressed. These are big challenges that need to be addressed. The Project SEID is designed to directly address several issues faced by both sectors. Its main objective is to transfer best practices, technology and proven approaches on Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP).

Project Brief

Title: Sustainable & Efficient Industrial Development (SEID) – Bhutan and Nepal
Project Duration: 40 Months (2012-2015)
Project Location: Nepal & Bhutan
Target Sector: Tourism and Agro-based Industries

Primary Target Groups:

  • Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) from the target sector;
  • Local experts from private consulting and training companies, industry / business associations and academe, freelance consultants;
  • Public institutions, government authorities, industrial park management authorities and policymakers;
  • Other Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in the target region.


The project shall contribute towards sustainable development of Nepal’s and Bhutan’s economy with a clear focus on the tourism and agro-based industries.

The main objective is:

  • To reduce costs and pollution; improve health and safety performance in the target sector.
  • To enhance the capacity of national anchor associations and service providers to collaborate and promote sustainable practices to their supply chain and members, providing technical support and input to SMEs to improve the overall resource efficiency of their production processes from the life cycle perspective
  • To build strategic partnerships with on-going initiatives in the target sector, providing access to existing knowledge, Information Education Campaign material to address needs of SMEs.
  • To facilitate dialoguing and networking amongst key stakeholders including government, financial institutions, industry associations, academia aimed at creating and enabling environment which propagates and incentivizes adoption of sustainable industrial practices.

Project funded by:

  • European Union
  • Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC)

Project Implemented by

  • GrAT
  • Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation (ASSIST)
  • Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI)
  • Butan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI)
  • Deutsche GesellschaftfürInternationaleZusammenarbeit (GIZ)
  • Austria Recycling (AREC)
  • Stenum Asia

Project Status

Completed in 2015

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