Banaspati Gueetha Resource Center Network, Nepal (BG-RCNN)


The BG-RCNN is a loose network of national non-government organizations (NGO’s), national organizations, international organizations, government organizations, industry leaders and business, educational institutions, research institutions and any other groups that may have valuable expertise, information and product knowledge relevant to the bio-briquette sector.

Organization Type Non-Governmental Organization

Contact Information

Primary Contact
Mr. Mausam Khanal
Secondary Contact
Mr. Prakash Koirala
Address P.O. Box 6413

Phone +977-1-4427329
Fax +977-1-4430225
Calling/Fax Instructions

Our Focus

Primary Initiatives, Target Populations, and Scope of Work:

The BG-RCNN is currently forming a network of appropriate organizations that will collaborate, transfer knowledge and disseminate relevant information to stakeholders to promote the awareness, use, feasibility, and functionality of bio-briquettes within Nepal.

Fuels/Technologies: Biomass
Sectors of Experience: Energy
Renewable Energy
Rural Development
Countries of Operation: Nepal

Our Experience And Interest In The Four PCIA Central Focus Areas

Social/Cultural barriers to using traditional fuels and stoves:

All BG-RCNN core members are dedicated to improving the lives of underprivileged people of Nepal by implementing sustainable community-based development programs. As such, our activities always include and benefit the poorest of the poor, including women, dalits and indigenous people.

Market development for improved cooking technologies:

Despite the many benefits of bio-briquettes (cheaper, healthier and more sustainable to produce than traditional fuel), this technology has not gained much success on a commercial scale in Nepal. NGOs working in briquetting are unable to meet the market demand as they lack technical knowledge, funds and marketing strategies. BG-RCNN aims to overcome these challenges by, among others, providing training, linking donors with producer groups and disseminating market information.

Technology standardization for cooking, heating and ventilation:

The BG-RCNN is regrouping an extensive collection of technical resources for trainers, consultants and other bio-briquette practitioners. We are very interested in any initiative aimed at disseminating modern tools and techniques to manufacture briquettes on a local and commercial scale.

Indoor air pollution exposure and health monitoring:

Reduction of indoor air pollution is one of the key advantages of bio-briquettes in Nepal, as most rural houses in the country do not have any chimney. The BG-RCNN is regrouping and disseminating data on bio-briquette emissions and is interested to participate in initiatives with similar aims.

Relevant Publications or Studies

Our publications and studies are at the following address:

Our Contribution to the Partnership

The BG-RCNN is staffed by and in contact with many experts in community-based bio-briquette production. It is also regrouping scientific articles, training manuals and gray literature related to all aspects of this alternative energy source. We are interested to exchange information with other like-minded organizations and networks in other countries.