The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO), with the financial support of the Austrian Development Agency (ADA), are partnering on the establishment of the Clean Energy Centre for the ECO region (hereinafter CECECO). ECO Member States include Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. The Implementation Framework of the ECO Vision 2025 aims to establish the regional centre by 2025.
Energy represents one of the priority areas of ECO along with trade and transport. ECO’s energy agenda has nowadays a strong focus on promoting the uptake of sustainable energy product and service markets in the region. The adoption of innovative renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies and business models offers opportunities to enhance inclusive and sustainable economic growth and industrialisation and the reduction of negative environmental externalities (e.g. local pollution and climate change) at the same time. This is also part of the global trend towards circular economy concepts and emerging technologies such as cleantech, industry 4.0 and digitalisation.
The CECECO is being developed under the umbrella of the Global Network of Regional Sustainable Energy Centres (GN-SEC) and follows its theory of change. The innovative platform offers opportunities for joint learning and south-south cooperation on priority issues and solutions. UNIDO provides technical services for institution-building and technical program development of the centre in line with the developed twinning methodology.
Currently, ECO and UNIDO are undertaking a comprehensive consultative preparatory process, which will determine the added value, feasibility as well as the technical and institutional design of the centre. The process includes the development of a baseline and needs assessment, a feasibility study and a project document on the first operational phase of the centre. The documents will determine the best institutional and technical design for the CECECO. Over the past months, significant progress has been achieved. The draft baseline and needs assessment and the feasibility study were finalised in close consultation with ECO Member States and international partners.
The results of the process are validated during a regional workshop organised on 23 June 2020 at the ECO Secretariat in Tehran, Iran. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak the workshop will be held online. Representatives of all ECO Member States will participate in the discussions. The meeting documents are available below.