UNUnited Nations Economic Commission for Europe

SUSTAINABLE ENERGY DIVISION

ENERGY EFFICIENCY PROJECT

 

Development of the Renewable Energy Sector in the Russian Federation and in CIS Countries: Prospects for Interregional Cooperation

 


 

Background Information

The Russian Federation and countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) are endowed with very significant renewable energy resources.  Even though the current contribution of solar, tide, wind, hydro, geothermal, hydro and bio-fuels is less than 5 per cent of total primary energy consumption, the countries benefit from a large, diverse and unrealised potential that could have important impacts for the environment protection, energy security and the economy.

Despite this potential, the deployment of renewable energy technologies is hindered by, inter alia, lack of political, legislative and regulatory support; energy prices that do not reflect the costs of production; low electric power and heat tariffs; lack of information for decision makers; and a preference for centralized energy supplies that all contribute to an inadequate investment climate for renewable energy technologies.

Interregional cooperation supported by UNECE could greatly contribute to overcoming the above mentioned obstacles since many of the opportunities and constraints for the future development of renewable energy resources are shared among the CIS member states.

 

Objective

The project aims to promote and support interregional cooperation in order to overcome energy policy, regulatory, institutional and financial barriers to the development of renewable energy resources in the Russian Federation and CIS countries. The expected accomplishments include an increased capacity of national and regional experts to identify and adopt measures to overcome barriers as well as an enhanced investment climate for deployment of renewable energy technologies

 

Main Activities

  • Establishment of a network of national and regional experts responsible for promoting renewable energy technologies in the Russian Federation and interested CIS countries
  • Analysis of the energy policy, regulatory, institutional and financial barriers hindering the development of renewable energy resources in participating countries
  • Identification and comparison of measures adopted in participating countries to overcome barriers to the deployment of renewable energy technologies
  • Preparation of a strategy to promote an enhanced investment climate for renewable energy technologies for dissemination to national and regional authorities in participating countries

Upcoming events

The recent developments of the renewable energy sector in the Russian Federation and in CIS will be presented on June 4 2009 during the 20th Session of the Steering Committee of the Energy Efficiency 21 Project by the national experts of the participating countries as well by experts from international organisations and regional networks.

Download here the draft timetable



Next Steps


December 2009 – Complete National Reports
January 2010 – Launch of Renewable Energy Strategy Report
May 2010 – Present Draft report top EE21 Steering committee
November 2010 – Present Final report to Committee on Sustainable Energy


Contact

Adam Sek
Adam.sek@unece.org

Tina Bielawska
justyna.bielawska@unece.org