UNECE is working on greening the energy sector in accordance with principles of carbon neutrality and just transition. In its efforts it recognizes, however, that the scope and pace of the transformation process has to be aligned with the capabilities and needs of individual member States, taking into account their endowment of natural resources, technological base, cultural heritage, as well as the legal and regulatory structure. Adopting a technology-neutral approach UNECE accepts member States' unique circumstances and does not exclude any of the available solutions that can help with the attainment of the set goals.
In this context, Tajikistan requested UNECE to conduct an in-depth analysis of the dynamics of coal demand in the country until 2050, in both: the industry (including energy), and the household sector. The report is to contain also assessment of the efficiency of coal industry management in the country, an analysis of the price factor (including environmental costs) of coal consumption, as well as of the viability of replacing coal with alternative domestic energy sources, taking into account the local conditions and the principle of energy security of the country.
In the process of developing the document a fact finding mission was conducted, the results of which were presented at the workshop. In addition, the latter featured a detailed presentation of the methodology adopted to develop the report, as well as its up-to-date findings and expected recommendations. The presentation of the study was followed by an open discussion with the local stakeholders, allowing the authors of the document to tailor its final version as closely to the beneficiary states’ conditions and needs as possible.