Policy Framework Review & Policy Recommendations
Verdurous helps define policy principles and to develop
implementation strategies. Policy framework review and
recommendations for improvement are facilitated by continuous
in-house research into various aspects of sustainable development
including production and consumption, cleaner energy,
transportation and fuels, micro-finance and access to services in
rural areas and the like.
- Verdurous’ policy experts have
undertaken the evaluation (with recommendations for update) of the
macro-economic policy framework in Rwanda, ranging from
Agriculture, Housing and Transportation to Energy, Urbanization
and Tourism and have advised the Ministry of Natural Resources
(MINIRENA) on incorporating the green economy concept within
- The Verdurous team has designed the
tariff structure to encourage the deployment of Solar PV and solar
thermal technology in Vietnam and to lower the country’s
dependence on coal: the effort included studying the social and
economic aspects of tariff design, willingness to pay, rigor of
contract enforcement, investor return expectations and benchmarks
and other relevant aspects.
- Scoping, field work, detailed
sector-wise analysis, and recommendations for increasing the
proportion of cleaner fuels and renewable energy technologies in
the power mix in Bangladesh to try and supplement the use of
- Expert personnel have
developed a simple model to study the impact of electricity as an
export good and have applied it to the bilateral trade
relationship between India and Bhutan.
- The Verdurous research team has
evaluated the rooftop solar PV program and has recommended
measures to minimize the arbitrage opportunities from differential
pricing of power.
- The team has compared the
implementation arrangements for alternative subsidy mechanisms and
has documented the divergence in impact of capital and interest
subsidies for renewable energy systems.
- Under the Administered Pricing
Mechanism, retail prices of transport fuels (petrol and diesel)
were managed by incumbent politicians with a view to securing an
advantage in forthcoming elections. Research by Verdurous found
that such micro-management of fuel prices had no impact on
- Verdurous has designed a policy
framework for supporting the incubation, growth, mainstreaming and
maturity of new technology (specifically applied to solar thermal
water heaters) and has mapped the financing structures
commensurate with each such stage of evolution.