Contribution Feasibility Study Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Himalaya

Contract partner: UNIDO - United Nations Industrial Development OrganizationCountry: Süd- und Zentralasien, regional/länderübergreifend Funding amount: € 101.700,00Project start: 01.10.2015End: 31.12.2018

Short Description:

Overall goal

The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) has reached an agreement among the eight member countries for the possible establishment of the Himalyan Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (HCREEE)

Expected results

The expected results are

• the finalized and validated needs assessment and feasibility study on HCREEE and

• the finalized concept note and project document on the institutional set-up and technical program of the centre.


Target group / Beneficiaries

The target group are representatives of ICIMOD’s member countries, about 100 energy policy makers, 32 national institutions in charge of promoting sustainable energy and rural energy; 16 universities and training institutions; 8 national utilities with mandates for rural electrification; 32 energy manufacturing and service companies and/or associations and 16 civil society groups (e.g. sustainable energy advocacy groups, women groups).

The partner is ICIMOD, the regional intergovernmental learning and knowledge sharing centre in Hindu Kush Himalayan region serving the eight member countries namely Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan.



ICIMOD requested UNIDO to assist in the establishment of a potential HCREEE. Such a centre would focus on the specific energy challenges of the Hindu Kush Himalayan region and promote regional activities to establish an enabling environment for sustainable energy investments, markets and industries. The barriers for the introduction and usage of RE&EE technologies and solutions can be addressed more effectively and at lower cost through regional approaches, tools and methodologies. The centre could complement and strengthen ongoing national activities in the areas of energy policy and planning, capacity development, knowledge management and policy advocacy and awareness raising, as well as investment and business promotion.

project number2790-00/2015
source of fundingOEZA
sector Energiegewinnung, -Verteilung und -Effizienz, allgemein
modalityContributions to specific-purpose programmes and funds managed by international organisations (multilateral, INGO)
marker Environment: 2, Climate change mitigation: 2, Gender: 1
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    • 1= policy is a significant objective of the activity
    • 2= policy is the principal objective of the activity
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    • AKF - Foreign Disaster Fund of the Austrian federal government
    • BMLFUW - Federal Ministry for Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water
    • EU - Funds of the European Commission
    • Others - various other donors are listed in ADA’s annual business report.
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