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Progress in the Areas of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy in Selected Countries of the UNECE Region

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This publication explores the progress in energy efficiency and renewable energy in selected countries of South-Eastern Europe, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia, and in the Russian Federation. The study analyzes policy, legislative and regulatory frameworks, financial environment and level of awareness in the areas of energy efficiency and renewable energy from 2010 to the present. It also identifies the existing gaps at the required frameworks and environment to promote energy efficiency and renewable energy investments in the countries. This study is intended to support countries in their ongoing efforts towards improving energy efficiency and building a strong renewable energy base. It proposes a set of recommendations for necessary steps in achieving the long-term objectives for energy mix and meeting the ambitious related targets set by the countries.

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Introduction

A number of legislative, policy, economic, and financial barriers remain in order to significantly improve EE and increase uptake of RE. It is important to identify policies and measures that reduce barriers to increasing investment and financing flows to EE and RE projects, with an emphasis on commercial projects and private financing. A valuable aspect is transferability of successful measures in selected countries to other UNECE member States. Particular attention needs to be given to the reasons why EE improvement and uptake of RE are lagging behind what is necessary to achieve climate objectives and sustainable development goals.

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