Regional Workshop on Policy Support Mechanisms in Central Asia

17 October 2018 |Baku, Azerbaijan


Background

Accelerating the deployment of renewable energy requires policies that contribute to an enabling environment for attracting investments. As global deployment grows and technologies mature, renewable energy policies are increasingly integrated into overall energy sector planning while also addressing wider development objectives, including socio-economic impacts.

Although most countries globally have adopted policies to support the development and deployment of renewable energy technologies, policy support for renewables has so far focused mostly on power generation, while support for renewables in the end-use sectors such as heating and cooling and transport has been less dynamic - although the power sector only accounts for 21% of the global energy consumption, while heating and cooling and transport account for 50% and 29% respectively.

Scaling up renewable energy in Central Asia will require the adoption of appropriate policies and measures in both power and end-use sectors, while maximising the socio-economic benefits that can be achieved. In addition, renewable energy policies need to be aligned with measures for energy efficiency.

With a view to support the countries of Central Asia in their energy transition, IRENA is in the process of implementing the regional initiative, which stems from the Astana Communique on Accelerating the Uptake of Renewables in Central Asia. The Communique envisages strengthening enabling frameworks for renewables, including support schemes to facilitate investments.

Objectives

In this context, the objective of this workshop is to provide policy makers and stakeholders in the region with an understanding of policy options that can support the development of renewable energy sector depending on the country context, state of the energy market, technology, and specific objectives to achieve, while maximising the benefits. During the workshop, participants will:

  • Examine various policy instruments to support renewables in the power sector;
  • Share experiences on the design and implementation of policies, focusing on innovative policy designs to address country-specific barriers;
  • Discuss the latest global trends in renewable energy auctions and the trade-offs in design elements that need to be considered;
  • Exchange views on policies to support renewables in other end-use sectors, specifically, heating, cooling, and transport, along with measures for energy efficiency.