The Alternative Energy Promotion Centre (APEC) plans to give away induction stoves, but this must be expanded into a nationwide campaign to reduce LPG use.
“The Ukraine crisis is likely to sideline our climate goals for the next few years,” fears Dhakal. “Europe should be using this as an opportunity and set an example to the rest of the world by rapidly transitioning to renewables and cleaner fuels.”
Coincidentally, the latest report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on 28 February warned that climate adaptation measures are too slow and small to meet 2050 targets.
“Peace is a prerequisite for any global collaboration, and especially for something as urgent and huge as the global climate crisis,” says Nepali climate activist Shilshila Acharya of the Avni Center for Sustainability.
Unlike volatile fossil fuel prices, the cost of solar panels, storage batteries and wind turbines are coming down. While international crude oil prices hit a record $127 per barrel this week due to the Ukraine crisis, the cost of renewable energy remained the same.
Reactive policies and ad-hoc regulations will not be sustainable in the long run for Nepal to achieve its climate goals. Measures like the odd-even rule for vehicles are like band-aids.
Says Shilshila Acharya: “The government should place citizens at the centre of policy-making, their health and well-being comes before revenue or industries. Only then can we tide over the present crisis, and make progress on climate.”
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