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The Ministry of Energy of Uzbekistan has partnered with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and consulting company Corporate Solutions to develop a national Low-Carbon Energy Strategy.

The aim is to improve energy efficiency and increase the share of renewable energy in the country’s energy mix.

This will help Uzbekistan align its climate actions with goals set under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

The strategy will help the country to modernise its energy production systems and prepare for future energy business models, in addition, to help meet an increase in energy demand.

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The plan will be developed from lessons learnt in Germany, Japan and Spain and is expected to help Uzbekistan to attract international investment.

The country will use the plan to build new solar, hydro and wind energy plants and Central Asia’s first nuclear power plant.

Alisher Sultanov, Minister of Energy of Uzbekistan, commented: “The transition to low-carbon energy will make it possible to provide our country with electricity at a high growth rate and improve our citizens’ quality of life.”

The strategy follows the recent publication of a long-term plan for energy provision in Uzbekistan, developed in partnership with the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank. In this strategy, Uzbekistan has committed to:

  • Deploying up to 30GW of additional power capacity by 2030, including 5GW of solar energy, 3.8GW of hydro energy, 2.4GW of nuclear energy and up to 3GW of wind energy.
  • Modernising and reconstruction of existing power plants.
  • Improving energy metering systems.
  • Fuel diversification.
  • Legal reforms to improve tariff polices and to aid transition to a wholesale market.