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News: January 2011

UNDP TECHNICAL SUPPORT PROVIDED IN SMALL AND MEDIUM HYDROPOWER TO ATTRACT MORE INVESTMENT INTO THIS SECTOR

Source: CARNet, 7.01.2011

Technical assistance of UNDP received on the eve of 2011 has become a real new year present for the small and medium hydropower development agency of KR - Department on Renewable Energy of KR Ministry of Energy.

UNDP/GEF “Development of Small Hydropower Stations” project handed over computers and office equipments (notebooks, software, multifunction devices, digital video and photo camera, color laser printer, projector) for the total amount of 662,7 thousand som to the Ministry of Energy of the Kyrgyz Republic and Directorate of small and medium energy development project.

A special software included in the technical assistance for economic and financial analysis allows to assess feasibility of specific projects on Small HPS according to the world standard and to estimate at pre-project stage the size of needed investment, recommended tariff for future electrical energy, as well as calculate the payoff period of the project. All this will give an opportunity to speak with investors in one language and business plans meeting widely accepted world standard will increase the efficiency of attracting investment into this sector.

Technical support provided by UNDP is aimed to strengthen government agencies capacity in expert and methodology analysis area, as well as development of regulatory and institutional framework for the development of small HPS.

Additional information: Currently Kyrgyzstan is facing great difficulties with energy supply. Despite the general connection to power system (98%), there exist power setbacks, which particularly affects the remote mountain areas of Kyrgyzstan. The main goal of the UNDP/GEF project “Development of Small Hydropower Stations in Kyrgyzstan” is speed up power generation process by small HPS and RES in KR by means of investments into the private sector. The project is funded by UNDP, Global Environmental Facility., World Health Organization, UNIDO and UNV.

UZBEKISTAN TO REDUCE CO2 EQUIVALENT EMISSIONS BY 2.68 MILLION TONS A YEAR

Source: UzReport, 7.01.2011

Executive Council of the Framework Convention on Climate Change on 28 December 2010 registered another project titled "Reducing gas leaks at low-pressure and medium-pressure gas distribution networks in Surkhandarya and Kashkadarya regions" within the framework of UNDP project "Capacity Building for Clean Development Mechanisms (CDM) in Uzbekistan".

According to the project planned reduction of gas emissions will comprise over 559,000 tons of CO2 equivalent a year. The project is implemented by Uztransgaz jointly with Climate Change Capital, UK.

Totally, Executive Council of FCCC registered nine CDM projects in Uzbekistan with expected reduction of CO2 equivalent emissions of 2.69 million tons a year.

To be noted, in Eastern Europe and CIS Uzbekistan leads both in number of registered CDM projects (9 of 22 regional projects fall to Uzbekistan) and in expected reduction of emissions (74% of total regional volume). It was mainly due to comprehensive support and control of Uzbek government and CDM Central body.