IRENA Workshop on renewable energy in Central Asia


26 & 27 April 2017, Abu Dhabi, UAE

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) collaborated with The August Company consultant, Katarina Uherova Hasbani, to conduct an analysis of renewable energy markets in Central Asia. The scope of the work included contribution to a workshop with regional stakeholders from Central Asia, which was organised as part of the IRENA’s second round of consultations to step up engagement within the region. The workshop was held on 26-27 April 2017 in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

IRENA, headquartered in Abu Dhabi, is mandated to be the global hub for renewable energy co-operation and information exchange by 150 Members (149 States and the European Union). The organisation promotes the widespread adoption and sustainable use of all forms of renewable energy, in the pursuit of sustainable development, energy access, energy security and low-carbon economic growth and prosperity.

Katarina’s analysis and the associated workshop assessed the renewable energy investment landscape in Central Asia and successful projects by international donors and development banks in the region. It analysed the future of renewable energy, the collaboration and the support that the sector needs to flourish in the region.  The workshop included a panel discussion to better understand the support by international actors to renewable energy development in the region. The panel, which was moderated by Katarina Uherova Hasbani included Aida Sitdikova, EBRD, Gianluca Sambucini, UNECE, Michael R. Curtis, USAID, Mits Motohashi, WB and Sergey Tulinov, UNESCAP.

Through the workshop, participants discussed the findings of the regional gap analysis study and provided feedback on each country’s needs and priorities in the development of the renewable energy sector. The participants also exchanged views on the key areas of support required for the accelerated deployment of renewables in the region.

The workshop highlighted the need for regional collaboration in the coming years on project analysis, awareness and policy dialogues. Some other gaps identified through the workshop were adequate policy support and capacity building through governments, banks, utilities and developers.


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Katarina Hasbani