How Uzbekistan can fulfil its Paris Agreement commitments

July 19, 2022
Photo: UNDP Uzbekistan

1 July 2022, Tashkent – Fulfilling obligations agreed to at the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has been the focus of workshops participated in by specialists from Uzbekistan’s Department of Energy. These events were organized by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in partnership with the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO).

At these workshops, the participants were informed about documents adopted at the UN Conference on Climate Change (COP26) in 2021. These included the Glasgow Climate Pact, which asked countries to review their nationally determined contributions (NDCs) to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by the end of 2022, and enhance their 2030 targets.

In 2021 Uzbekistan increased its quantitative obligations in NDC2 committed under the Paris Agreement, and announced intentions to reduce specific greenhouse gas emissions per unit of GDP by 35 percent by 2030 from the 2010 level, instead of the previously-envisaged 10 percent.

Photo: UNDP Uzbekistan

To fulfil its Paris Agreement obligations, Uzbekistan has adopted legislative acts which provide a sound ground for implementation of measures aim to save fuel and energy resources. These include modernization and renewal of generating capacities and energy-intensive industries, reducing losses in electrical networks, using energy-saving technologies in construction sector, widening use of renewable energy sources by innovative technologies (solar collectors, small hydropower units and biogas plants, wind mills, etc.) across all sectors of the national economy, improving solid waste management systems, and many others.

“This workshop was useful for me and my colleagues, as we studied the ultimate goal of measures taken by the Ministry of Energy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere. Uzbekistan has set itself an ambitious goal that can and must be achieved for the further development of the country and the preservation of the environment.” said Umidbek Narzulaev, Chief Renewable Energy Specialist at the Ministry of Energy of Uzbekistan.

The workshop was organized within the framework of the regional project ‘Policy action for climate security in Central Asia - Phase II’, implemented by UNDP in cooperation with the Center of Hydrometeorological Services (Uzhydromet) of the Republic of Uzbekistan, and funded by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO). The project’s main goal is to enhance readiness of the region’s countries to take decisive actions in fighting climate change, and build resilience to its consequences at national and regional levels.