21 June 2017| Articles
Central Asian countries have committed to scaling up renewable energy deployment and to further collaborate with IRENA to meet their targets under the Paris Agreement. Building on a meeting held in April in Abu Dhabi, a newly released Communiqué from the five Central Asian countries highlights ongoing efforts across the region to create more conducive policy, regulatory, institutional and financing frameworks for renewable energy investments.
"The collaboration between Kazakhstan and IRENA continues to be fruitful, and together we have made significant strides in assessing the future development of renewable energy in the region. We recognise that renewable energy can help the region with the imperative to modernise its energy system and to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement." — Bozumbayev Kanat Aldabergenovich, Kazakhstan’s Energy Minister
“Covering over four million square kilometres, the countries of Central Asia are endowed with rich renewable energy sources that can drive sustainable economic development and growth,” said IRENA Director-General Adnan Z. Amin. “With renewable energy targets in place for 2020 and beyond, the region can now seize this transformative opportunity for a sustainable energy future, and the IRENA Regional Action Plan will help boost efforts at renewable energy uptake."
Released during the Energy Ministerial meeting at Astana Expo 2017, the Astana Communiqué on Accelerating the Uptake of Renewables in Central Asia establishes six key areas to facilitate increased renewable energy deployment in the region.
‘We welcome a concerted effort to promote renewables and lesson sharing in Central Asia.’ — Aida Sitdikova, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
Hydropower already contributes a significant proportion of Central Asia’s energy mix, but the region holds vast potential for biomass, wind and solar energy. Taking advantage of the sharp cost reductions and improved cost-competitiveness of these technologies, the region hopes to harness its potential to provide clean, indigenous, cost-effective and sustainable energy supply from renewable sources.
Countries confirmed their readiness to take additional steps and address key challenges to enable increased renewable energy uptake.
‘I’m glad IRENA is taking the initiative to increase Central Asia renewable energy generation."— Sulton Rakhimzoda, First Deputy Minister of Energy, Tajikistan
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and others have said IRENA can play a valuable role to help meet regional goals.
IRENA will provide support to Central Asia in several key areas: