OSCE supports use of renewable energy in Uzbekistan
Azerbaijan, Baku, June 28 / Trend V. Zhavoronkova/
OSCE Project Coordinator in Uzbekistan today organized a debate on a draft renewable energy law, that aims at boosting the development of renewable energy sources, especially solar energy, wind, biogas and hydro power, the organization reported.
The law was drafted by a group of parliamentarians of the Oliy Majlis. The new law should stimulate the development of the renewable energy sector involving the government and the private sector, and boost local and foreign investments.
More than 50 participants from the Parliament, ministries, the private sector and non-governmental organizations and international organizations took part in the workshop.
The OSCE Project Coordinator in Uzbekistan, Ambassador György Szabó in his speech to the workshop participants acknowledged the efforts made in Uzbekistan to promote renewable energy and stressed the importance of sharing experience between scientific institutions, companies and NGOs working on promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency in the OSCE region.
"Renewable energy now accounts for mere 1 percent of the total energy consumption in the oil and gas exporting country. Through this project we want to share the almost 40 years of experience of the OSCE participating states in this field, and to contribute to the protection of the environment by reducing the impact of climate change in the region," he said.
"Investment in renewable energy should also improve the local business environment by creating new employment opportunities. Increasing production and consumption of renewable energy may also improve conditions in the remote areas of Uzbekistan," Szabó stressed.
The workshop was preceded by a practical training course for farmers on June 25-27, 2012 in the Jizzakh Region of Uzbekistan. The course conducted by the OSCE Project Coordinator together with the "Ecomovement", the Farmers' Association and Mashav, the Israeli cooperation agency, aimed at raising awareness about the matter and focused on the practical options of small-scale wind, solar and biogas energy production. The technologies were demonstrated in action at a remote farm in an arid area: the participants were connected to the Internet by a solar energy-powered computer, and were shown how the conditions of agricultural production could dramatically change if a wind turbine pumps water to the surface for irrigation.