Environment in emerging and transition economies

Sustainable Infrastructure in Central and Southeast Asia



OECD Regional Dialogue: Accelerating the race to net-zero in Central Asia

As Central Asian countries emerge from the COVID-19 crisis and work towards net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement on climate change, the OECD held a regional policy dialogue on Thursday, 23 September to discuss ways to overcome challenges and identify opportunities for modernisation and innovation in the energy sector.

Ahead of the UN Climate Conference COP26 in Glasgow in November 2021 and following the stark warning by the latest assessment report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which points to the urgent need to accelerate the race to net zero, this regional dialogue focused on how Central Asian countries can:

  • learn from each other to better integrate long-term low emissions development strategies into their planning objectives for the energy sector;
  • accelerate improvements to framework conditions to attract more private-capital and private-led R&D into renewables and other low-emission energy projects; and
  • win public support for the reform of harmful fossil-fuel subsidies.


Recent event - September 23

Participants included high-level policymakers and practitioners from Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, and Tajikistan responsible for strategic planning, energy, environment, industrial development, transport, and international experts and other relevant stakeholders.

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This regional dialogue webinar was organised jointly by the OECD’s GREEN Action Task Force and the OECD Eurasia Competitiveness Programme in the context of a project on sustainable infrastructure for low-carbon development. The project, funded by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Protection and Nuclear Safety aims to help developing and emerging economies in Central Asia generate growth and jobs while making the transition towards low-carbon and climate-resilient energy, transport and industrial systems.


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