CIS countries discuss equitable energy access and technologies in Seoul

Dec 4, 2014

UNDP Seoul Policy Centre's Director Anne Marie Sloth Carlsen gives welcoming remarks at the workshop

Representatives of countries and UNDP country offices from the Central Asia and the Caucasus participated in the UNDP Seoul Policy Centre and the Green Technology Center Korea (GTC-K) workshop on Equitable Energy Access and Appropriate Technologies (WEEAAT) in Seoul on December 1-2. Three countries were represented at ministerial level including Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

Along with Korean experts, they discussed energy efficiency, solar and micro hydro technology as well as other green energy technologies. They also discussed an enabling framework in terms of the legislation required to bring these technologies into play.

Seoul Policy Centre's Director Anne Marie Sloth Carlsen and GTC-K President Changmo Sung gave welcoming addresses at the workshop.

The Seoul Policy Centre's Director said:

 “By developing infrastructure that provides consistent and affordable access to energy, local communities can raise living standards. At the same time, the way we produce energy and the efficiency with which we use it is critical. We cannot continue to burn our way to prosperity.

We can choose a different path. Rapid advances in technologies that produce energy from renewable sources and use it more efficiently have made clean energy more affordable than ever.”

The first workshop session focused on creating an enabling policy environment for green technology and featured speakers from the Korea Institute of Energy Technology Evaluation and Planning, Korea Photovoltaic Industry Association and Seoul National University Professor Sun-Jin Yun were among those to share lessons learned by Korea and other countries.

Green Technology Issues and Solutions were also discussed at the workshop. Case studies from developing countries on solar energy use, energy efficiency and micro hydro technology were presented by representatives from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan and Azerbaijan, as well as representatives from UNDP country offices in the region. Speakers were also heard from Korean Universities and companies including Korea’s Hanhwa Chemical and Daekyung Engineering.

On the second day, country representatives and Korean counterparts discussed innovative cooperation models on energy access in Central Asian countries.

To round off the workshop on the second day, participants took a field trip to visit Songdo Environmental Resource Center to view a plant which turns food waste into biogas for heat.  They also visited the Green in Seoul’s Gangnam area, a demonstration centre for green technologies.

 

The purpose of the workshop was to create a network for sharing experiences and identify opportunities for cooperation. Participants valued learning about experiences and approaches in Korea as well as in neighboring countries of their region.