Energy Efficient Houses will be constructed in rural regions in UzbekistanAug 25, 2017
A new joint project of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the State Committee of the Republic of Uzbekistan for Architecture and Construction “Market Transformation for Sustainable Rural Housing” funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) has started its implementation with an Inception Workshop held on 25 August 2017. Relevant ministries, regional and local administrations, academia, commercial banks, design and housing construction organizations, manufacturers of materials and equipment, non-government organizations and associations, civil society, and local communities in the pilot regions such as Tashkent, Fergana, Andijan, Namangan, Khorezm, Bukhara and Jizzak are expected to benefit from the project activities.
The project’s goal is to support the Government of Uzbekistan in providing the rural population with improved, affordable and environmentally friendly living conditions. The technical assistance part of the budget is $6.3 million of grants provided by GEF and UNDP for 2017-2022.
According to the Third National Communication of Uzbekistan to UNFCCC, residential and non-residential buildings consume significant amount of energy generated through fossil fuel burning. In 2012, the associated greenhouse gas emissions was 44% compared with 18% in 1990. Such increase has resulted from the population growth, expansion of residential housing, and development of infrastructure over the past 20 years.
In the end of 2016, the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan approved a new Programme on construction of affordable rural housing based on improved standard designs in the regions of Uzbekistan for 2017-2021. The Programme sets new objectives and opens up new opportunities for construction of energy efficient and low-carbon rural houses that contribute to greater energy saving and reductions of the associated GHG emissions.
- The country’s potential on increasing energy efficiency and harnessing renewable energy is huge but it has yet to be explored and utilized. Therefore, we are very committed to ensure successful implementation of the given project jointly with UNDP to promote and achieve higher energy efficiency and greater energy saving in rural housing, - said Shuhratkhoja Hashimov, First Deputy Chairman of the Committee for Architecture and Construction.
The project will focus on four inter-related tasks, such as i) design and implementation of green mortgage instruments to generate demand for energy efficient and low-carbon rural housing; ii) strengthening the domestic supply chain for low-carbon housing and settlements construction; iii) supporting the policy and regulatory reform to enable the scale-up of low-carbon housing and settlements, including through introduction of energy efficient building codes related to individual housing; and iv) marketing and promotion of low-carbon houses and settlements.
 Government of Uzbekistan (2016). Third National Communication of the Republic of Uzbekistan under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change