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Enhancing Synergies in the CIS National Programmes on Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving for Greater Energy Security

Background Information
The countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) with their enormous unevenly distributed energy resources, a common integrated system of land-based pipelines and power transmission lines offer substantial energy efficiency and energy saving opportunities, which are of critical importance for these countries. In view of the above there is no doubt that CIS countries are destined for mutually beneficial cooperation for a number of historical, economic and geographic reasons.

Energy efficiency and energy saving measures are crucial for the CIS countries since they can reduce domestic energy consumption and release energy resources thus enhancing security of supply.  Furthermore energy efficiency improvements can help raise industrial productivity, diminish fuel dependency and reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.

Despite this potential, implementation of energy efficiency and energy saving initiatives is hindered by varying levels of economic development and a wide range of policy, regulatory, institutional and financial barriers. Synergies and regional cooperation can contribute greatly to overcoming these obstacles since many of the opportunities and constraints for the future development in the area of energy efficiency and energy saving are common among the CIS member states.

General Information

  • Duration: 36 months
  • Starting Date: December 2011
  • Executing Agency: United Nations Economic Commission for Europe
  • Budget Available: $150,000
  • Financing Party: The Russian Federation
Countries invited to Participate in the ProjectNational Report
The Russian FederationPDF
Regional ReportPDFPDF
Regional Action Plan and RecommendationsPDFPDF

The main objective of the project is to enhance synergies among the CIS countries promoting energy efficiency and energy saving improvements in order to strengthen countries' energy security and competitiveness.

Expected Accomplishments 

  1. Analysis of existing national energy programmes and their application in the CIS countries in the context of potential mutual cooperation.
  2. Improved capacity of the CIS countries to implement policies and practices on energy efficiency and energy saving improvements and to enhance regional energy cooperation. 
Developing a regional network Dec. 2011 - May 2012
Inception Meeting for National Experts
Jun. - Jul. 2012

Preparation of the Studies
          National Studies 
          Regional Study
          Regional Action Plan & Policy Recommendations

Jul. - Oct. 2012
Jul. - Dec. 2012
Jan. - Apr. 2013
Workshop on EE&ES programmes and potential cooperation
Jun. 2013
Technical assistance in policy analyses and regional cooperation on EE & ES issues
Jan. 2012 - Dec. 2013
Implementation of the Regional Action Plan
Jun. - Oct. 2013
Publishing of the Regional Study and Action Plan
Aug. - Dec. 2013

Oleg Dzioubinski
Tel:  +41 (0)22 917 2360
E-mail: Oleg.Dzioubinski@un.org