BAKU, April 25. /ITAR-TASS/. A memorandum of mutual understanding was signed between the Electric Power Council of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) in Baku on Friday.
The ceremony took place within the framework of the 45th conference of the Council that brought together delegates from Azerbaijan, Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. The memorandum was signed by Russian Energy Minister and CIS Electric Power Council’s President Alexander Novak and Deputy Executive Secretary of the U.N. Economic Commission for Europe Andrei Vasilyev.
The memorandum envisages cooperation in the spheres of sustainable energy that embraces matters of energy efficiency, renewable energy resources, and environment protection. In particular, the document says that the sides will “develop interregional cooperation in the sphere of electric power generation, energy safety, sustainable energy, environmental protection, more intensive use of high technologies in the spheres of energy efficiency and renewable energy resources, reduction of hazardous emissions and efficient use of energy resources.”
According to the memorandum, this cooperation is aimed at the improvement of investment climate for environmentally friendly and energy efficient technologies, as well as at a wider use of renewable energy technologies. For these ends, it is planned to organize seminars, conferences, to exchange experience and documents, to carry out joint research, to draw analytical surveys, to develop joint projects, and to engage the CIS Electric Power Council’s specialists in the activity in the UNECE Committee for Sustainable Energy.
The document will be effective three years. It will be extended for next three years, if neither of the parties notifies in writing about its intention to withdraw from the memorandum.
The CIS Electric Power Council is an intergovernmental body of the Commonwealth of Independent States, which was founded in 1992 with the aim to coordinate operation of the CIS member-countries’ power grids.