UNDP promotes innovation for energy saving in Uzbekistan

November 22, 2023
Photo: UNDP Uzbekistan

The Ministry of Construction, Housing and Communal Services, in collaboration with UNDP and the GEF hosted an event dedicated to International Energy Saving Day to showcase results underscoring the strides Uzbekistan has taken towards sustainable housing, aligning with international efforts to combat climate change.

Globally, the building sector, accounting for around 40 percent of total greenhouse gas emissions, has been a key focus for environmental impact. This statistic is mirrored in Uzbekistan, where, according to the first biennial update report of Uzbekistan under the UNFCCC, industry and construction contribute to 22.3 percent, while building in the residential sector makes up 21 percent of emissions.

Photo: UNDP Uzbekistan

As Uzbekistan's population continues to grow, so does the demand for energy. With the country facing limitations in fuel and energy resources, addressing this rising demand through energy efficiency and renewable sources has become imperative. According to the same UNFCCC report, Uzbekistan has actively worked towards these goals to meet its obligations under the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

Mr. Anas Fayyad Qarman, UNDP Deputy Resident Representative in Uzbekistan, in his opening statement noted,

"Today we gathered here not only celebrate the International Energy Saving Day but also signified a milestone in our joint efforts towards sustainable rural housing. UNDP is committed to advancing strategic goals for sustainable housing and energy efficiency in Uzbekistan."

The event commenced with a ceremony of transfer of the newly constructed Nearly Zero Energy Building (NZEB) in the Tashkent region to the Ministry of Construction, Housing and Communal Services. The NZEB will then be provided to a family of the successful contestant that will be in charge of testing and monitoring the performance of the house as part of the daily routine. The ceremony was followed by a presentation showcasing the preliminary outcomes of a comprehensive survey conducted among rural residents. The survey aimed to assess their awareness of Energy Efficiency and Low Carbon Technologies in the residential sector.

Photo: UNDP Uzbekistan

Finally the event culminated with the launch of the Solar City Simulator tool and a workshop for energy specialists and interested parties on how to use this simulator. Developed by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), this web application serves as a valuable resource for residents, businesses, and local authorities. It enables them to evaluate the potential for electricity generation through rooftop-mounted solar photovoltaic (PV) systems.

Photo: UNDP Uzbekistan

Ms. Ute Collier, Acting Director of Knowledge, Policy, and Finance Centre, IRENA, highlighted, 

"The Solar City Simulator equipped local decision-makers and experts with a powerful tool to enhance the use and introduction of solar energy on rooftops. It empowered communities to make informed decisions, supporting IRENA's vision for a global transition to renewable energy."

The Solar City Simulator tool to be piloted for Mirabad district, Tashkent, Uzbekistan, was developed in collaboration with the Ministry of Energy, UNDP in Uzbekistan, and IRENA through funding from the GEF.