New solutions to energy challenges in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, says UNDP report

Jan 1, 2014

In the third volume of “Empowering Lives, Building Resilience” report published by UNDP, success stories on sustainable energy from Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States are compiled.

New Horizons - The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) launched the third volume of Empowering Lives, Building Resilience.

These stories which are compiled from UNDP’s work demonstrate how sound policies, capacities and financing lead to lasting change.

“For countries in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, energy challenges often include the inefficient use of energy, frequent power cuts, high energy costs, lack of reliable and affordable heating in winter, and the slow uptake of renewable energy,” said UNDP Administrator Helen Clark.

The report explains how UNDP uses grants for public and private financing, while scaling up investment in energy efficiency and renewable energy.

UNDP is supporting countries to promote energy access, expand renewable energy use and improve energy efficiency.

“UNDP’s work results in significant improvements in the lives of people and societies with far-reaching impacts on economic development, poverty reduction, health, education and the environment,” said the Director of UNDP’s Regional Bureau for Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States Cihan Sultanoglu.

Whether just one school, one village or one country, each story in this report shows how specific energy-related development challenges can be overcome, and solutions replicated and scaled up.

These stories provide an important insight into key human development issues and put a human face on the region’s energy challenges.