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Uzbekistan unveils low carbon energy strategy

29 May 2020, 02:51 GMT+10

TASHKENT, May 28 (Xinhua) -- Uzbekistan's Energy Ministry has announced the development of a national Low-Carbon Energy Strategy with an aim of deploying up to 30 GW of additional power capacity and reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 10 percent in the coming 10 years, the ministry said Thursday.

The strategy was developed with assistance from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and international consulting company Corporate Solutions and it will help with the country's transition to low-carbon forms of energy production and meet increasing demand for electricity, it said in a statement.

The strategy follows the recent publication of a 10-year plan for electricity provision in Uzbekistan developed with the Asian Development Bank and the World Bank.

"This aims to deploy up to 30 GW of additional power capacity by 2030, including 5 GW of solar energy, 3.8 GW of hydro energy, 2.4 GW of nuclear energy and up to 3 GW of wind energy," the ministry said.

According to the ministry, priority activities include modernization and reconstruction of existing power plants, construction of new plants using energy efficient technologies, improvement of power metering systems, fuel diversification and development of renewable energy sources.

These measures will help the country reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 10 percent -- from 2010 levels -- by 2030, it said.

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