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EU4Energy continues the support to the development of the first National Energy Efficiency Action Plan (NEEAP) of Azerbaijan

The first meeting of the Inter-Ministerial working group (IMWG) on the NEEAP development was held on 19 September 2019 in Baku. The meeting was organised jointly with the Ministry of Energy of Azerbaijan within the ongoing EU4Energy Governance project. Members of the working group comprise representatives from the Ministry of Energy, Ministry of Economy, Ministry of Transport, Ministry of Agriculture, State Committee for Architecture and Urban Development, State Statistical Committee, energy companies.

The development of NEEAP follows up on earlier EU4Energy support to the development of a draft Energy Efficiency Law in Azerbaijan. The meeting was devoted to presentation of EU and international best-practices as well as discussion of cross-sectoral and sectoral measures to be included in the NEEAP. Energy efficiency experts from Bulgaria, Turkey and Ukraine provided detailed information to the IMWG members on the respective processes for NEEAP development, implementation and monitoring in their countries. Furthermore they informed on energy efficiency measures implemented and savings achieved in the buildings, transport, industry, agriculture and other sectors. 

It was agreed during the meeting that the members of the IMWG will develop and submit to the Ministry of Energy their proposals for sectoral energy efficiency measures to be considered in the NEEAP. The first draft of the NEEAP is expected to be finalised by the end of 2019 and to be discussed with the IMWG in early 2020.

This technical assistance activity is part of the EU4Energy, an EU-supported initiative providing technical assistance to countries of the eastern partnership that seek to enhance their energy sectors with best practices of the European Union. In addition to Azerbaijan, the Energy Charter Secretariat also collaborates with Armenia and Belarus.