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Clean Energy News Vol. 13, Number 17, 25 April, 2013

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Clean Energy News
Vol. 13, Number 17, 25 April 2013

Clean Energy News (CE News) is a weekly roundup of news, views and analysis about clean energy, clean air and climate change issues with focus on Nepal. To view the past volumes of CE News, click here.

In this Issue

National News
CBA8 to be Held in Nepal
Govt Set to Invite DPR Proposals for 420-km Butwal-Gaddachwoki Section
Govt Urges Contractors to Expedite Road Construction
Electric Crematorium to be Opened Soon
Pre-monsoon Gloom to Continue for Few More Days
Hydel Projects below 500 MW: PDA Talks on Hold as Developers Fail to Pay Fees
Kulekhani II Project Expected to Come Back Online in 10 Days

International News
UN Secretary-General Calls on Ministers to Deliver on Climate Change Financing Commitments
Carbon Bubble Will Plunge the World Into Another Financial Crisis – Report
Scientists Reconstruct 2,000-Year Temperature History Continent by Continent
Work on 2015 Climate Deal Set to Start in Bonn

Opinion, Analysis and Resources
Choking for Breath
Time For Comprehensive Urban Transport Policy
Roll Baby Roll
Lead the Change
New and Green

National News

CBA8 to be Held in Nepal
Via CBA7 Live Updates in Twitter
In the closing session of CBA7 in Bangaldesh, Saleemul Haq from IIED has aanounced that the location for 8th conference on community based adaptation (CBA8) will be Nepal. The theme will be financing community based adaptation. The seventh conference on community based adaptation was organized in Dhaka, Bangladesh from 22 to 25 April 2013. The CBA conferences are organized annually to share the best practices in adaptation to climate change.

Govt Set to Invite DPR Proposals for 420-km Butwal-Gaddachwoki Section
The Kathmandu Post, 18 April 2013
The government is set to prepare the Detailed Project Report (DPR) of yet another section of the Mechi-Mahakali Electric Railway. The Department of Railways is preparing to invite Request for Proposal (RFP) from short-listed international consulting firms soon. According to the department, it will invite the RFP for 420km Butwal-Gaddachowki sector which also includes a 14km-long link railway route that connects Kohalpur with Nepalgunj. Butwal-Gaddachowki is the fourth section after Basdibas-Simara, Timara-Tamsaria and Tamsaria-Butwal-Bhairahawa sections on which the government is preparing the DPR for construction.
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Govt Urges Contractors to Expedite Road Construction
Republica Daily, 21 April 2013
While the government has blacktopped only 15 kilometers of road in the last six months, the government officials have claimed that 90 percent of road construction in all 65 road sections of the road network that is being expanded in Kathmandu and Lalitpur would be completed within the running fiscal year. The officials have claimed that more than 9 km road construction would be over in first week of May and additional 24 km would be blacktopped by mid-May, according to Tulasi Prasad Sitaula, secretary at the Ministry of Physical Planning and Works (MoPPW). The Kathmandu Valley Town Development Authority (KVTDA) is carrying out road expansion along more than 130 km road that were encroached. The road expansion campaign was launched in August 2011 to ease the increasing traffic congestion in the Valley.
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Electric Crematorium to be Opened Soon
Republica Daily, 21 April 2013
Funeral attendees will not have to wait for hours at Aryaghat as the Pashupati Area Development Trust (PADT) is going to start electric crematorium service that reduces the time taken for burning dead bodies following traditional method. The existing method of cremating dead bodies on wooden pyres takes more than four hours. Officials at PADT said that all necessary preparations for opening the crematorium have been completed and the service will start within two months. The office said that it has already received two crematory machines and has also the supplier to install the machines.
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Pre-monsoon Gloom to Continue for Few More Days
THT Online, 21 April 2013
The pre-monsoon showers have been active for few days in various hilly regions of the country including the Kathmandu valley, the Annapurna Post reported on Sunday. According to the metereological forecasting division (MFD) the country will experience cloudy skies, lightning strikes, thunder showers and interrupted rainfall for a few more days. The monsoon winds coming from the east, and the west are causing the rainfall in various hilly regions of the country including the Kathmandu valley, according to MFD. However they are not entirely sure about this.
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Hydel Projects below 500 MW: PDA Talks on Hold as Developers Fail to Pay Fees
The Kathmandu Post, 23 April 2013
The long-awaited power development agreement (PDA) negotiations with hydropower projects with a capacity of less than 500 MW have been deferred once again after their developers failed to pay the required fee. The Ministry of Energy (MoE) said it was unable to start talks as the developers who applied for PDAs did not pay the processing charges and asked for a month’s time to make payment. A month ago, six hydel projects with a combined capacity of 1,130 MW had applied for PDAs at the Department of Electricity Development (DoED). The projects are Upper Trishuli A (216 MW), Upper Marsyangdi A (50 MW), Middle Bhote Koshi I (40 MW), Budhi Gandaki II (260 MW), Kali Gandaki Gorge (164 MW) and Lower Arun (400 MW).
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Kulekhani II Project Expected to Come Back Online in 10 Days
By Pratap BistaThe Kathmandu Post, 24 April 2013
Kulekhani Hydropower Project II, which has been shut down for the past week due to a fire, plans to resume production within the next 10 days. Energy generation at the hydropower plant was stopped after three of its transformers were damaged by a blaze on the night of April 16. Technicians from the Nepal Electrical Authority (NEA)’s central office and Kulekhani I and II projects have been working on a rush schedule to repair the damaged equipment. Meanwhile, Kulekhani II will be getting a transformer from the Gandak Hydropower Project to allow it to come back online soon as repairs could take another month.
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International News

UN Secretary-General Calls on Ministers to Deliver on Climate Change Financing Commitments
By IISD reporting service, 19 April 2013
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addressed ministers participating in the Ministerial Dialogue on Sustainable Development and Climate Change Financing, held in Washington, US, on 19 April 2013, focusing on ongoing work on the definition of a post-2015 development framework that builds on the successes of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and on reaching a 2015 agreement under the UNFCCC. Acknowledging climate change as the greatest threat to all the development objectives, Ban warned that "no nation will be immune." Highlighting the high-level meeting on climate change he will convene in 2014, he stressed the need to draw political attention on the issue and ensure that substantive progress is achieved at all levels. In an effort to make progress on addressing climate change, he underscored the Sustainable Energy for All Initiative, launched in 2011, underlining that the benefits of modern energy have to be available to all in the path to sustainable development.
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Carbon Bubble Will Plunge the World Into Another Financial Crisis – Report
By Damian Carrington, Guardian, 19 April 2013
The world could be heading for a major economic crisis as stock markets inflate an investment bubble in fossil fuels to the tune of trillions of dollars, according to leading economists. "The financial crisis has shown what happens when risks accumulate unnoticed," said Lord (Nicholas) Stern, a professor at the London School of Economics. He said the risk was "very big indeed" and that almost all investors and regulators were failing to address it. The so-called "carbon bubble" is the result of an over-valuation of oil, coal and gas reserves held by fossil fuel companies. According to a report published on Friday, at least two-thirds of these reserves will have to remain underground if the world is to meet existing internationally agreed targets to avoid the threshold for "dangerous" climate change. If the agreements hold, these reserves will be in effect unburnable and so worthless – leading to massive market losses. But the stock markets are betting on countries' inaction on climate change.
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Scientists Reconstruct 2,000-Year Temperature History Continent by Continent
By Roz Pidcock, The Carbon Brief, 21 April 2013
What do tree rings, pollen and corals have to do with climate change? The answer is they all help scientists dig deep into earth's history to reconstruct past temperatures. A brand new analysis using these so-called climate proxies finds 1971 to 2000 was probably warmer than any other 30-year period in the last 1400 years.
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Work on 2015 Climate Deal Set to Start in Bonn
By Ed King, RTCC, 24 April 2013
UN talks to construct a legally binding climate change deal are set to start on April 29, amid warnings from scientists that greenhouse gas emissions are rising too far, too fast. Organisers say the ‘scope, structure and design’ of a 2015 emissions agreement will be discussed during the week-long negotiations involving 195 countries. Financial commitments and the ambition of emission targets for developed and developing nations are likely to dominate the summit. “The discussions in Bonn and throughout this year are crucial to preparing the upcoming 2015 agreement and to raising ambition, using the implementation of current agreements under the UNFCCC as a basis,” said UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres.
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Opinion, Analysis and Resources

 

Choking for Breath
By Prof Dr Vikash Raj Satyal, 18 April 2013
KMC has less than 2 sq km of public green space, including Shankha Park, Balaju Park, and Ratna Park. What is more frustrating is that there is no initiative for green space in our ongoing urban development plans. Even the concept of ‘two trees per house’ seems to be just one slogan among many, never implemented. We have recently seen many roads widen in KMC, but there are no plans to make them green and healthy. To resolve the continuously worsening problems of air, water and garbage in KMC, what we need right away is an integrated urban development approach with environmental protection as an inseparable constituent, with special focus on public parks. To clean our body and mind, we need one public park in each tole.
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Time For Comprehensive Urban Transport Policy
By Krishna Shrestha, Gorkhapatra Online, 18 April 2013
The government should bring out a policy that encourages the people to use public buses instead of personal vehicles. For this, the public bus service should be safe, reliable, comfortable and cheap. For this, we need a timely and comprehensive urban transport policy, which will help reduce the transportation cost, air pollution and expenses on fuel imports.
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Roll Baby Roll
By Editorial, Republica Daily, 20 April 2013
The expected backlash against Sajha Yatayat’s resumption of bus services has started in under a week of its re-launch in Kathmandu. Expected because the transport syndicates that maintain an iron grip on operation of public vehicles in Kathmandu, like in the rest of the country, were sooner or later sure to cry foul at this ‘kick in their stomach’. Up until now, propped up by their political masters in right places, the private syndicates were given a free reign to set arbitrary prices, run substandard vehicles, and do pretty much as they pleased, quality service and passenger safety be damned. Whenever the voice against their bullying tactics got loud, they threatened to bring the country to a grinding halt. Even pressing reforms were resisted tooth and nail. The result is there for all to see: the barely functional, overcrowded vehicles run on the whim of their operators plying Nepal’s roads.
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Lead the Change
By Raju Pandit Chettri, Republica Daily, 24 April 2013
In late April, Nepal will attend yet another climate conference organized by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Bonn, Germany. Unlike the past, Nepal will not just be a mere participant at this conference, but will also lead the 49-nation Least Developed Countries (LDC) Group for the very first time. As a leader, Nepal will have to rise above national interest and even bend backwards to accommodate the views of other countries, especially the majority of African nations in the LDC Group.
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New and Green
By Neeti Aryal Khanal, The Kathmandu Post, 24 April 2013
Ever since the news about the resumption of Sajha Yatayat services, Haribansha dai’s high octave voice singing “hami pani huinkiun buini sajha busaima” has been replaying in my mind over and over again. At a time when public transportation is run by profit-minded business cartels, the introduction of the Sajha bus has been the most positive event of 2070.
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