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

www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home.html
11 December 2013

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The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) launches the third volume of Empowering Lives, Building Resilience, a report compiling sustainable energy success stories from UNDP's work in Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States. These stories 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. Two decades of transition have produced many changes in how the countries of this region use energy. Some countries export large quantities of fossil fuels and boost some of the world's highest rates of energy intensity, while others struggle to provide reliable and affordable energy to their own citizens.