Clean Energy, Environment and Economic Development

Access to clean and affordable energy is a necessity for ending poverty

Norway’s aim for Clean Energy, Environment and Economic Development in Nepal is to achieve inclusive and sustainable economic growth through the development of clean energy and climate cooperation.

Norway is committed to the Paris-agreement on climate change mitigation (The Paris Climate Accord), the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. We also seek to help our partner countries to achieve their own commitments.

Nepal has a vast hydropower potential, and Norway is supporting Nepal with Norwegian competence and technology transferred through the Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE) and NTNU/SINTEF.

Together with the Government of Nepal and the Asian Development Bank, Norway also supports three  projects to improve transmission and distribution infrastructure in Nepal for improved energy access to the population and to make it possible to import and export power.

Climate change in the Himalayas are happening faster than the global average and may affect as many as two billion people living downstream in Asia. At the same time, these changes are poorly understood. Water availability, agriculture, biodiversity, local communities and hydropower, will all be affected. Norway is therefore working with International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) to better understand and mitigate these effects and to encourage science-policy dialogue in the Hindu Kush Himalaya region. 


Find a list of current projects below.


Cross-cutting issues

All measures funded by the Norwegian government are required to be based on these principles

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Climate change and the environment

Climate change and environmental damage are destroying ecosystems, with negative repercussions for development, health and food production. It is important that our projects take climate change and the environment into account.


Human Rights & Gender Equality

The promotion of human rights and democratic principles is a crucial part of Norwegian foreign policy. There is a special focus on gender equality where the fundamental aim is to increase the opportunities available to women and girls, promote their right to self-determination, and further their empowerment.


Zero-tolerance policy on corruption

Norway practices a zero-tolerance on corruption. If you have any suspicions of financial irregularities or other misconduct in our programmes or implementing partners, go to our contact page.