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Uzbekistan heading for a green economy
Energy saving and increasing energy efficiency help to save significant volumes of primary energy resources, first of all natural gas, said participants of the recent press conference on the transition to a low-carbon development strategy of Uzbekistan’s economy, Novosti Uzbekistana (http://nuz.uz) reported.
Experts say that energy saving is 2 to 5 times more profitable than construction of new generating facilities producing electricity and heat by burning fossil fuel.
Uzbekistan’s total energy saving potential is estimated at 23 million tons of oil equivalent a year, which would allow reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 40 million tons. According to Uzbek experts, introduction of energy efficiency measures in the most energy intensive sectors of the Uzbek economy would save 30%-40% of primary energy resources or 16 billion-21 billion cubic meters of natural gas per year.
The United Nations Development Programme in Uzbekistan and the Ministry of Economy have jointly prepared a draft Strategy of low-carbon development for the three most energy intensive sectors of the national economy and a roadmap with measures and target indicators for the periods until 2030 and 2050.
According to preliminary calculations, construction of solar power plants combined with traditional sources of electricity generation will allow saving up to 1.5 billion cubic meters of natural gas per year during the first stage (until 2030), and generating an additional 5 billion kilowatt-hours of solar energy per year.