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During the meeting, organized by the International Energy Agency (IEA), six countries from the Caspian region discussed energy technology initiatives and transfer, and energy policies and best practices on renewable energy and energy efficiency, while the IEA's "Energy Technology Perspectives (ETP) 2012" was also regionally launched.

IEA11 July 2012: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has reported on a three-day meeting of energy experts from the Caspian region, which entailed a high-level energy policy dialogue, the regional launch of the IEA’s “Energy Technology Perspectives 2012” (ETP), training and capacity development, and a workshop on energy efficiency indicators.

The meeting, which took place in Astana, Kazakhstan, from 3-5 July 2012, brought together participants from six countries in the Caspian region, namely Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

Topics discussed include: current and emerging national and regional energy technology initiatives, such as the Inter-Regional “Green Bridge” Partnership Programme, aimed at developing a roadmap for regional technology transfers; best practices in the areas of renewable energy and energy efficiency; knowledge sharing in the context of sustainable energy development goals; designing, implementing and evaluating energy efficiency policies; and state-of-the-art renewable energy technologies, such as solar hot water heaters, their cost-effectiveness and large-scale deployment potential. The IEA also presented its ETP 2012 publication, which outlines technology choices for a 2ºC global temperature rise scenario. [IEA Press Release] [IISD RS Story on IEA’s ETP 2012]

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