On June 5, 2019 – World Environmental Day - Yerevan, capital of Armenia, hosted a conference of Climate Action Network non-governmental organizations in Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia (EECCA). More than 50 representatives of the regional leading environmental organizations came together to discuss issues related to climate change, development of renewable energy and the future of the nuclear and coal sectors.
The Climate Action Network (CAN) is a worldwide network of over 1300 Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in more than 120 countries, working to promote government and individual action to limit human-induced climate change to ecologically sustainable levels. CAN actively promotes renewables worldwide as one of the main instruments for combating climate change. Countries of the former USSR play an important role in this process. Almost all of these countries have adopted national strategies for the development of clean energy and, at the same time, renewable energy sectors of all of these countries face a number of political and economic barriers.
The discussions among the participants addressed a wide range of issues, with considerable attention paid to impact of energy technologies, including renewable energy ones, on the environment and the country's economy.
An example of this would be Armenia with nuclear and hydro energies cover the main share in electricity generation. Nuclear waste generated by the nuclear power plant built by ROSATOM, Russia, near Yerevan, remains in the country due to lack of funds to transport it to Russia, thus creating huge environmental and financial problems for the country. On the other hand, Hydro power plants constructed during Soviet times withut any consideration for the environmental impact caused massive fish die-offs.
At the moment, the country's solar energy industry has started to develop actively. Solar electricity is delivered at a price just over 7 eurocents per kWh that is almost 15% lower than the traditional one.
Andriy Konechenkov, Chairman of the UWEA, Vice President of the WWEA presented the current trends in renewable energy development in the world and in EECCA. “Availability of government support, funding and business interest are need for wide scale development of renewable energies”.
Representatives of environmental organizations also visited 1 MW solar power plant in the town of Talin, located 70 km from Yerevan.