Low-Emission Development Path

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Supporting Uzbekistan in transition to a low-emission development path

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Summary

This project is helping Uzbekistan in transition to more sustainable energy use. It is assisting the Government in developing a low emission development strategy and mobilizing resources for the strategy. Government officials are receiving advice on how to attract funds for climate change mitigation. Under a local-level component, farmers are now installing biogas units to produce heat and light.

 

Location

Asia, Uzbekistan
Tashkent
41.305229, 69.268967

Project in depth

Focus area

Economic development Categories: Economic development, Entrepreneurship trainees

Detailed information

Uzbekistan possesses extensive reserves of fossil fuels. As a result, the country’s economic growth prior to independence coincided with rising levels of greenhouse gas emissions. At the same time, Uzbekistan has substantial renewable energy potential such as solar, wind, and biomass. These energy sources have been underexploited. Moreover, farmers are not aware of opportunities to employ renewable energy technologies.
Agriculture, which relies heavily on irrigation, is highly vulnerable to climate change. At the same time, there are international initiatives that help developing countries deal with the challenges of climate change.
Uzbekistan’s negotiation team needs coaching on negotiation skills. It would benefit from regular information updates and new approaches to attracting finance.

Current status

5 awareness-raising workshops on key issues of climatic negotiations and Youth Summit on climatic negotiations held for 47 students from 3 national universities.
3 reports produced and disseminated (“Climate Change Negotiations: Guidebook and Roadmap”, “Guide for Climate Change Negotiation Processes” and “Outcomes of the 17th Conference of the Parties on Climate Change Conference in Durban”).
A road map on development of biogas market prepared to contribute to the Programme of Development of Alternative Energy in Uzbekistan till 2017.
180 farmers trained on installation of biogas units.

The project will support Uzbekistan in moving towards more efficient use of energy.The recently introduced Low-Emission Development Strategies (LEDS) will provide a framework for formulating approaches to sustainable long-term growth.
Countries have a range of incentives to engage in climate change mitigation before commitments under the new treaty enter into force in 2020. The project will assist Uzbekistan in maximizing revenues from an array of market mechanisms. A distance course on climate change negotiations will be developed and promoted nationwide.
The Clean Development Mechanism programmes will serve as a stepping stone to creating Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs).
Knowledge on biogas unit installation and biogas application for household needs will be disseminated to farmers and local authorities. A project website will be established.

The project is assisting the Government of Uzbekistan in formulating low-emission development strategy and mobilizing finances for the implementation of the strategy. It is helping the Government pursue policy and investment decisions that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and create new employment opportunities, including sustainable ‘green’ jobs.

Goals

  • Disseminate information on international climate negotiations to the general public and policy maker
  • Train five national negotiators (incl. women) on how to benefit from international green financing
  • Advise 10 national institutions on implementation of Clean Development Mechanism projects
  • Develop and submit tax and custom procedures that are relevant to the Clean Development Mechanism
  • Support a CDM project that reduces natural gas leakages at compressor stations in Uzbekistan
  • Disseminate knowledge on biogas units to farmers and suggest sources of co-financing
  • Mainstream gender concerns into the low-emission development strategy

The project sustainability is based on two important programs for promoting environmental sustainability initiated by the Government of Uzbekistan: the Environment Security Strategy and the National Strategy for Renewable Energy Sources. Two established Demo Centers on Biogas Technology also ensure the project sustainability. The partnership strategy implies the Ministry of Economy as the National Implementing Partner, supported by other partners dealing with sectors of oil and gas, municipal management, agriculture and water resources, as well as academia, technology transfer companies and bodies on nature protection, farmers and NGOs.

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Needs funding

Funding

Raised: $ 950,500
Still needed: $ 100,000
Total budget: $ 1,050,500

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