On September 12, 2013 Tashkent hosted the first national meeting designed to introduce the European initiative "Covenant of Mayors - East" in Uzbekistan.
The organizers of the event were the European Commission, in cooperation and support of the Regional Environmental Centre for Central Asia (RECCA), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan, the agency "UzKommunHizmat" and Tashkent city administration.
In the event were present representatives of the State Committee for Protection of Nature, municipalities of cities and the regions of Uzbekistan, such international institutions as: the missions of European Union in Uzbekistan, the UN Development Program (UNDP) in Uzbekistan, the German Society for International Cooperation, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Asian Development Bank, DIW, leading experts in the field of energy saving and energy efficiency and etc.
The speakers highlighted the main advantages of this initiative. They said that "Covenant of Mayors - East" not only shares its rich International and European experience in the field of energy efficiency and reduction of emissions, but also provides for new independent states with access to advanced energy-efficient technologies and best practices. Hence there is an opportunity to raise additional funds for their implementation in accordance with national priorities and specificities of each country.
- Covenant of Mayors is a flagship initiative of the European Union, which brings together local, regional and national authorities to achieve voluntary pledges to reduce CO2 emissions by at least 20% by 2020 through increased energy efficiency and the introduction of renewable energy sources. Currently, the Covenant was joined by 11 countries : Uzbekistan , Ukraine , Georgia , Moldova , Kyrgyzstan , Armenia , Belarus , Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan , Tajikistan , Turkmenistan, - said in his speech, manager of education program for sustainable development RECCA Tatyana Shakirova .
Since its launch in 2008, the Covenant of Mayors is the leading initiative to support and encourage local authorities in the development and implementation of programs for sustainable energy. Thus, the Covenant of Mayors contribute to the development of the green economy and improving the quality of life in urban areas by improving access to energy, creation of jobs, improve the economic and social well-being and addressing issues related to climate change .
Today the Republic of Uzbekistan is actively involved in achieving standards of energy efficiency and renewable energy sources (RES) in the framework of the various laws, including the Law of 25 April 1997 "On the rational use of energy." In line with the Resolution of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan from 15 December 2010 "On the priorities of industrial development of Uzbekistan in 2011-2015" and on December 27, 2011 "On the Investment Program of the Republic of Uzbekistan for 2012" provides for implementation of 54 investment projects for a total of over $7 billion from its own funds and borrowed funds from international financial and economic institutions such as the World Bank, the Asian development Bank, Islamic development Bank, the Japan international Cooperation Agency, and others.