Nepali Alternative Energy Promotion Centre (AEPC)
Alternative Energy Promotion Centre (AEPC) is a Government institution established on November 3, 1996 under the then Ministry of Science and Technology with the objective of developing and promoting renewable/alternative energy technologies in Nepal. Currently, it is under Ministry of Environment, Science and Technology. It functions independently, and has a eleven member board with representatives from government sector, industry sector and non-governmental organizations.
The mission of AEPC is to make renewable energy mainstream resource through increased access, knowledge and adaptability contributing for the improved living conditions of people in Nepal.
"An institution recognized as a regional/international example of promoting large-scale use of renewable energy sustainable and a national focal point for resource mobilization." The focus is to make AEPC recognized as an active institution promoting Renewable Energy Technology (RET) in the region.
Recently Nepal launched the Nepal Climate Change Support Program (NCCSP) and one of its major outputs is formulating a Low Carbon Economic Development Strategy (LCEDS). Considering its strength on climate change mitigation, AEPC has been designated the implementing agency to formulate the strategy. The Government of Nepal has formed a Steering Committee chaired by the Secretary of the Ministry of Environment, Science and Technology (MoEST) and a Technical Committee chaired by the Joint Secretary of the MoEST to guide the strategy formulation work. Other members in the Committee are from the National Planning Commission, varying ministries, the private sector, and univerisities and other relevant institutions. The National Climate Change Council in the chairmanship of the Prime Minister has been formed to oversee all climate change-related matters. The strategy formulation process was initiated on 26 July 2012 with the Inception Workshop. A wide range of central-level stakeholders consisting of government ministries, development partners, NGOs, journalists, civil societies, the private sector, academia, and experts participated in the workshop. It is planned to finalize and endorse the strategy by the end of 2013.