Energy Poverty, and Energy Access: the Asian Context-[ Day 4 of IPEAW]

The first International Energy Poverty Action Week will be held virtually from 21st to 25th February 2022. The week will bring together academics, policymakers, and practitioners in the field of energy poverty for a series of five seminars, discussions, and workshops centered on finding actionable solutions to this global issue. The first day will launch with a discussion on the right to energy and energy justice, with each subsequent day focusing on a different continent – Latin America, Europe, Asia, and Africa.

Day 4 – Thursday, 24 February 2022, 1200- 1330 CET (GMT+1)

-4.45 PM- 6.15 PM (Nepali time, GMT+5.45)

Energy Poverty, and Energy Access: the Asian Context

Thursday’s focus is Asia, a region that consumes 50% of total energy consumption but over one-tenth of its population still lacks infrastructural ‘access’ to electricity. Additionally, the region has a contentious narrative of energy poverty in terms of access or capabilities.

This space aims to address energy poverty, especially in the Asian context. In each presentation, we aim to offer a comprehensive picture of energy access, policy innovation and orientation, and the role of each stakeholder in expanding energy access to challenge energy poverty. To alleviate such predicament, we will also highlight the role of renewable energy technologies, innovation in off-grid technologies, in the global south, with the case of Nepal.

Participants: Academics- university lecturers/professors, students, campaigners,

Agenda (all times CET) (GMT+1) 

1200- 1205: Opening and Introduction to IEPAW, Sudarshan Kunwar, University of Birmingham

1205-1225: Energy Access, and Energy Poverty- the Asian Context, Divyam Nagpal / IRENA

1225-1240: Infrastructural Access to Alleviate Energy Poverty, Bibek Raj Kandel / Enabel

1240-1245: Off-grid technologies, agile policy-making and energy access – the Nepalese Story, Jiwan Mallik/RERL, UNDP-Nepal

1245-1310: Where does the private sector fit in, in energy poverty discourse?, Kushal Gurung/ Windpower Nepal

1310-1330: Q& A and a closing discussion


Registration Link for Day 4:

Registration Link for IEPAW 21-25th Feb:


Meeting ID: 878 1978 4016 Passcode: 108170


Featured Speakers:

  1. Divyam Nagpal, Programme Officer- Energy Access, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

Divyam is a renewable energy and energy access specialist with over 10 years of professional experience at the intergovernmental and national levels. He is presently working as Programme Officer – Energy Access with the International Renewable Energy Agency’s (IRENA) Knowledge, Policy, and Finance Centre. Prior to this, he was an independent consultant with the MIT Energy Initiative and the Global Commission to End Energy Poverty, International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development, and REN21.

  1. Bibek Raj Kandel, Portfolio Lead: Energy Access/Electrification, Belgian Development Agency (Enabel)

Bibek is an energy professional with over fourteen years of experience in the design, advisory, and implementation of numerous energy access and powers infrastructure projects across diverse socio-economic and geographic settings.

  1. Jiwan Mallik, Solar Power Expert- UNDP Nepal | AEPC, Government of Nepal

Jiwan Mallik is an energy expert at UNDP Nepal, RERL Project, Alternative Energy Promotion Centre (AEPC), Government of Nepal. He has eight-plus years of professional experience in Solar PV projects, Hydropower, Energy Management, and Energy Efficiency.

  1. Kushal Gurung, Founder, and CEO, Windpower Energy Pvt Ltd

Kusal Gurung is the founder and CEO of a leading private energy firm. He is currently focused on Renewable Energy and Agriculture (BioCNG, Solar & Wind Energy, Renewable applications, Organic fertilizers, Hydroponics, Macadamia nursery).


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