During the CAIEF plenary and parallel sessions on June 6, 2018, the participants discussed issues related to renewable energy sources and energy efficiency improvement.
At the plenary session "Renewable Energy Sources and Energy Efficiency", representatives of Central Asian countries spoke about the national policies and priorities of the states of the region in the field of renewable energy development and energy efficiency improvement.
In addition, three parallel sessions were held as part of the Forum.
At the parallel session "Legal and Institutional Framework for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency", the participants discussed RES from the legal and institutional point of view. All the countries of Central Asia are already taking steps to introduce renewable energy sources and improve their energy systems. A legal and institutional framework has been established in all five countries of the region. There is, however, a lack of investment and gaps in legislation. Representatives of the region stressed the need to introduce incentives for implementing RES. Nevertheless, countries are trying to develop sound strategies to ensure access to sustainable energy.
During the parallel session "Scientific cooperation and best practices of renewable energy and energy efficiency", the speakers presented information on increased percentage of renewable energy use in the total share of energy consumption. They noted a great potential in the CA region with a possibility of further energy exports in addition to reduction of emissions.
The parallel session "Public-private partnership in renewable energy and energy efficiency" involved a discussion of developments in this area in the region. The participants made a regional comparison of the five countries. They also noted the need for political will to implement public-private partnership (PPP) projects. The session included a presentation of Kazakhstan's experience in developing PPPs in the country, and of PPP energy projects.
At the end of the sessions, the participants developed recommendations on further areas of cooperation, which were presented during the subsequent plenary session.
It was specially noted that regional cooperation in providing access to energy will be less costly thanks to the joint efforts of the Central Asian countries.
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