Energy is Central to Sustainable Development

May 13, 2013

UNDP in Uzbekistan: Environmental sustainability is about expanding access to reliable and modern sources of energy

On May 17th, 2013, the Chamber of Commerce of Uzbekistan joined the Turin Polytechnic University and the UNDP ‘Business Forum of Uzbekistan’ project in organising a round table discussion on the topic ‘Development of the modern technology of biogas and its normative and technical support in Uzbekistan’.

Energy is central to sustainable development and poverty reduction efforts. It affects all social, economic and environmental aspects of development, including livelihoods, access to water, agricultural productivity, health, population levels, education and gender-related issues.

Recently Uzbekistan has adopted a Decree of the President ‘On Measures on the Further Development of Alternative Sources of Energy’, which envisions a number of important initiatives such as the establishment of an international solar energy centre, the implementation of pilot projects, and the development of the draft law ‘On Alternative Sources of Energy’ in 2013.

The Government of Uzbekistan is currently drafting an action plan to support the domestic production and use of solar and biogas energy, which will detail support measures in the form of tax and customs preferences and financing schemes based on international experience.

Through an integrated development approach, UNDP has helped developing countries to expand their access to reliable and modern sources of energy in order to reduce poverty and to improve the health of their citizens, while at the same time promoting economic growth and mitigating climate change. Investing in clean, efficient, affordable and reliable energy systems is indispensable for a prosperous, environmentally sustainable future.

The jointly-organised round table on the 17th was attended by representatives of the ministries and departments, enterprises and organisations engaged in the production and supply of energy and fuel, in addition to manufacturers and suppliers of production equipment for alternative sources of energy, and scientists and experts from leading research institutes and universities.

At the event, its participants discussed the regulatory and technical support and organisational work required for the development of biogas technology, the experience gained in the use of biogas technology in regions, the application of modern technology, and the possibility of the realisation of investment projects in this area.

The concept of a national contest for the selection of best technical solutions (standard projects) regarding alternative energy sources, initiated by the ‘Business Forum of Uzbekistan’ project, received special interest and support from scientific and research institutions, organisations and agencies involved in this sphere and international organisations.