Uzbekistan hosts meeting of energy ministers of SCO member states

TASHKENT — A second Meeting of the Ministers of Energy of the Member States of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) was held in Tashkent on June 24.

The meeting was opened by the First Deputy Minister of Energy of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Azim Akhmedkhadzhaev, and the Secretary General of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, Zhang Ming, the press service of the Ministry of Energy of Uzbekistan reported.

Mr Akhmedkhadzhaev gave an account of the development of renewable energy in Uzbekistan and the global significance of the ‘green’ transition in the economy.

Speeches were also made by the leaders of the energy sector from India, Kazakhstan, China, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Russia, and Tajikistan.

Mr Akhmedkhadzhaev, First Deputy Minister of Energy of Uzbekistan, said: “The need for a constant increase in power generation on the one hand, and the real problems for each country associated with the process of climate change on the other, today poses the task for all mankind to find an acceptable transition to clean and sustainable energy. It is no coincidence that we are discussing this issue here – at the ministerial meeting of the SCO member countries – as finding effective ways to transition to green energy is, indeed, a global matter.”

The Ministerial meeting ended with adoption of a protocol to approve the Action Plan for the Practical Implementation of the Concept of Cooperation between the SCO Member States in the Energy Sphere, and the Draft Program for Cooperation between the SCO Member States in the Use of Renewable Energy Sources.

The implementation plan of the Concept includes cooperation within the framework of the SCO in the field of energy security, renewable energy and hydropower, regional electricity trade, and human capital development.

The program of cooperation of the SCO member states provides for:

– Development of innovative technologies and science in renewable energy;
– Promotion of green energy development;
– Increased renewable energy volume;
– A reduction in greenhouse effects and the human footprint on the environment; and
– Higher levels of energy security, and reliability of the energy supply.

The Second Meeting of Ministers of Energy of the Member States of the SCO was the key event at the Energy Forum of Uzbekistan – UEF 2022, taking place on June 23-24 in Tashkent.

The 24th International Conference “Oil and Gas of Uzbekistan – OGU” and the 2nd International Energy Conference also took place within the framework of the Forum.