China’s Belt and Road Initiative revives history for modern trade, development and renewable energy across Asia
Stretching thousands of kilometres, across mountains and deserts, the Silk Road holds a special place in history. Traversed by Marco Polo and named after one of its most precious goods, the trade route facilitated an exchange of ideas, technology, and animals between East and West, Asia, Europe and Africa. Though its relevance waned with the opening of sea routes between Asia and Europe, the rebirth of China’s economic power and ambitions over the last decade has rejuvenated the once dormant route.
No longer a winding caravan trail, China’s new Belt and Road Initiative aims to interconnect and bring development, stability, and resource security across 60 countries. At the centre of powering this economic ambition is renewable energy. Continue reading An Ancient Route Renewed
Abu Dhabi workshop gathers Central Asia regional stakeholders to explore strategies for seizing its vast renewable energy potential
Covering an area of over 4 million square kilometers and sitting at the crossroads of East, South, and West Asia, the countries of Central Asia have for millennia been at the centre of the exchange of ideas, people, and technology. And today, the region’s countries are sharing and collaborating to accelerate the deployment of renewable energy.
Continue reading Spurring Renewable Energy Deployment in Central Asia
Central Asian countries possess a large potential of renewable energy and have been increasingly involved in the renewables dialogue over the past few years. The vast resource potential in the region provides opportunities for increasing uptake. However, Central Asian countries are at different levels of readiness for the adoption of renewable energy solutions as there are several factors (e.g. high fuel subsidies) that are delaying the opportunity to increase deplyoment.
Within the framework of the 7th International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development, IRENA organized its first Central Asia Consultation Meeting, with the objective to enhance the dialogue in the renewables sphere among government experts, key national and regional stakeholders. The meeting aims to explore the regions renewable energy needs and priorities taking into consideration existing initiatives. Continue reading IRENA and Central Asia Look to Advance Renewable Energy in the Region