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Clean Energy Nepal/Clean Air Network Nepal in collaboration with United Nations Environment Program is organizing "6th Kathmandu Sustainable Urban Mobility Forum". This is in tandem with the “Kathmandu Sustainable Urban Mobility Forum” organized in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2016.

Nepal is one of the fastest urbanizing countries in Asia with the average growth rate of 5% (World Bank, 2012). With the increasing economic growth and urbanization, the country has seen exponential growth of motor vehicles. Which are creating complexity of traffic congestion, poor public transport system, pedestrian and vehicular conflict, and poor air quality. According to Vehicle registration report of Department of Transport management (2014/15), more than 1957849 motorized vehicles are already registered in the country with highest share of motorized two-wheeler is 78.58% followed by 8.22% Car/jeep/van. As per the data there are only 3.30% public vehicle registered for around 27.8 million people. The annual average growth rate of the total registered vehicle in the country for last 12 years is 14%, but in 10 years the number of registered vehicle has increased by 3.75 times and it is estimated that there will be 14 million vehicles by 2030. From 2010 to 2050, tripling of the number of cars is estimated on the planet. Improved fuel economy is essential if we are to address some of the negative implications of this growth, such as pollution, congestion, energy and resource depletion, and environmental damage.

Some countries, which have fuel economy policies, show a trend towards improving fuel economy over time, whereas others do not. For example, there is a visible improvement in fuel economy in South Africa after the introduction of scale incentives for more efficient vehicles in 2010. Ambitious policy frameworks can make a significant improvement in improving vehicle fuel economy, particularly vehicle taxation schemes.

Thus, development of cleaner and efficient vehicle fuel policy is prior need for country like Nepal to lowering dependency on expensive imports, reducing high fuel expenditures/subsidies. We need to adopt cleaner fuels and vehicle emission standard by improving vehicle fuel economy and develop cleaner and efficient vehicle fuel policy for Nepal.

The main objective of the Kathmandu Sustainable Urban Mobility Forum is to initiate policy dialogues, partnership stakeholder collaboration for better air quality and sustainable urban transport with focus on people centric transportation.

  • Discuss the existing need of vehicle fuel policy of Nepal.

  • Sensitize stakeholders on necessity of vehicle fuel policy for ensuring cleaner and efficient fuel.

  • Bring together stakeholder for sustainable urban mobility and way forward.

Around 40 participants from governmental and non-governmental agencies, transport and urban planners, academia, private sectors and media are expected to participate.