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An Energy Efficiency Action Plan discussed in Azerbaijan

On 29 January 2020, the Energy Charter Secretariat and the Ministry of Energy of Azerbaijan jointly organised the second meeting of the Inter-Ministerial Working Group (IMWG) on the National Energy Efficiency Action Plan (NEEAP). The development of the NEEAP is part of the EU4Energy Governance programme.

The Deputy Minister of Energy, Samir Valiyev chaired the working group and spoke about the ongoing reforms in the energy sector of Azerbaijan. Mr Valiyev highlighted that, in cooperation with EU4Energy, a high-priority is being given to developing energy efficiency policies and pursuing the adoption of the draft law on efficient use of energy resources.

During the meeting, the methodology for setting the intermediate energy efficiency target, was agreed upon. Following the earlier consultations on the long-list of NEEAP’s potential measures, the EU4Energy team presented the first draft version of the NEEAP, including a prioritised list of actions for the energy supply, industry, buildings, transport and agriculture sectors.

The members of the working group concluded that energy efficiency measures would be part of the first NEEAP. The next step will be to contribute to assessing the expected energy saving and investments needed for implementation. In parallel, the EU4Energy project will initiate broad stakeholders consultations on the draft NEEAP with experts and representatives from the business, academic and civil society in Azerbaijan.