In the frames of “Russian Energy Week 2018”, a roundtable discussion organized by the project “Regulatory Framework to Promote Energy Efficiency in the Countries of Eurasian Economic Union” was held on 9 October in Moscow. The project is financed by Trust Fund for Development of Russian Federation and UNDP and implemented by UNDP in Armenia.
The “Russian Energy Week 2018” forum is a major platform for discussions of the key challenges in the energy sector and the potential of international cooperation to address current issues related to the development of the field.
The topic of the round table discussion was: “Energy efficiency and promotion of the policy of energy sustainable development in the Eurasian Economic Union/CIS countries: challenges and cooperation initiatives”. The round table brought together representatives of sectoral departments from Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Russia, the Eurasian Economic Union and UNDP, as well as experts, academic and scientific community of the EEU countries.
The priorities of energy efficiency and the possibilities of supporting the energy efficiency projects by the international donors were highlighted during the round table. The participants discussed the potential of the regional projects to agree on common supranational priorities and the dynamics of their achievement in the EAEU countries. As noted, a number of countries in the region have already succeeded in developing effective mechanisms for reducing energy consumption with the active participation of the state. In this regard, the participants underlined the importance of cooperation and experience exchange in the field of energy efficiency in the EAEU countries.
The video translation of the forum is available here.
The Regional Project “Regulatory Framework to Promote Energy Efficiency in Countries of the Eurasian Economic Union” sets the goal to reduce energy consumption and related greenhouse gases emissions by promoting energy efficiency of lighting, household appliances and buildings engineering systems in Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan via the introduction of energy efficiency regulations and standards, development of testing capacities, as well as the promotion of energy efficient technologies through awareness raising of end-users. The project is implemented by UNDP with grant financing from the Russian Federation.