Impact story

Providing Alternatives to Fossil Fuels in Nepal

Cover photo: Devi prepares a cooking fire at her home in Dhoderi village, Nepal. Credit: © James Morgan/Panos Pictures.

Inadequate energy supply continues to hinder social and economic development in Nepal. Despite a wealth of renewable energy potential – particularly with hydropower but also solar and biomass – sustainability and access remain major challenges. A research project, led by the University of Leeds, with partners in Nepal and the UK, identified indigenous oil seed plants as an alternative, more environmentally friendly energy source than fossil fuels.

Focus projects: 

Farmers, Nepal
The Nepal Energy Garden forges new links across disciplines by integrating research on the institutional economics of energy and technology transfer with the knowledge of botanists and engineers to investigate the institutional economics of energy biomass and biofuel production.