Sustainable Energy Systems in the South Caucasus: Reality or Illusion?

Sustainable Energy Systems in the South Caucasus: Reality or Illusion?

Public Debates in Yerevan
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On Thursday, February 25, at 4:30 pm the South Caucasus Regional Office of the Heinrich Boell Foundation organizes public debates

Sustainable Energy Systems in the South Caucasus: Reality or Illusion?

in Yerevan. The event is hosted by AUA Acopian Center for the Environment (address: Akian Art Gallery (4th floor), American University of Armenia, 40 Marshal Baghramyan Ave.,Yerevan).

Speakers:

  • Hayk Harutyunyan, Deputy Minister of Energy and Natural Resources of Armenia;

  • Diana Harutyunyan, UNDP Climate Change Program Coordinator;

  • Astghine Pasoyan, Independent Expert in Energy Efficiency Issues;

  • Inga Zarafyan, Ecolur, Armenia.

Tamar Antidze, Program Coordinator of the South Caucasus Regional Office of the Heinrich Boell Foundation will present Regional Energy Study: South Caucasus Energy Pathways: Opportunities for Development and Political Choices during the event.

The three countries of the South Caucasus (SC) – Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia – face tremendous challenges in making their respective energy sectors sustainable. Unlike many developed nations, renewable energy and energy efficiency development had a very slow progress in the region and the countries lack comprehensive set of fiscal, financial, legal, technological, institutional, cooperative and information instruments which should stimulate a faster deployment of clean energy technologies. Compared to its neighbors Armenia has taken the most significant steps forward in terms of developing supportive legal and economic frameworks for renewable energy and established basic energy efficiency standards in the building sector. However current investment plans and supportive financial and regulatory incentives are yet to be better shaped for wider expansion of renewables and better efficiency of energy use.

Are renewable energy and energy efficiency significant pillars of national energy policy? What kind of support is needed to enhance the transition to sustainable energy in the region? What kind of financing mechanisms and instruments are appropriate for energy-efficiency investments? Can large-scale changes of energy systems be realistic perspective for Armenia and its neighbors in the nearest future? Will the Paris Climate Change Agreement be an impetus for the low carbon development of Armenia and other SC countries? These are some of the questions that will be discussed at the event.