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Understanding the climate and net-zero transition risks and opportunities in Uzbekistan

Briefing/policy papers

Written by Sarah Opitz-Stapleton, Vikrant Panwar, Olena Borodyna, Ilayda Nijhar, Rebecca Nadin

Renewable energy potential remains untapped in Uzbekistan and it could be utilised to ensure energy mix diversification and a sustainable energy supply. Uzbekistan has the highest potential for solar energy when compared to Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, with some 80% of the country suitable for solar PV outputs of 1,400 to 1,600 kWh/kWp/year.

The transition to renewable energy could make both public and private markets accessible to investors in Uzbekistan. An increased RE share in the energy mix can significantly increase Uzbekistan’s generation capacities. Transition also presents an opportunity to integrate renewables and energy efficiency goals that could have a mutually advantageous impact on policy development to address climate change. A combined portfolio of renewables and energy efficiency technologies could reduce emissions by one-third to one-half.