Welcome to the European Union Support to Sustainable Energy Connectivity in Central Asia (SECCA) Project website!

Energy plays an important role in driving economic and social development. It plays a critical role in solving climate change challenges. Sustainable energy is one of the key solutions to tackle climate change. 

Pursuant to the Green Deal,  the European Union (EU) Strategy on Central Asia, and the Global Gateway Team Europe Initiative on Water, Energy and Climate Change in Central Asia the EU is committed to support the countries of Central Asia (CA) in their current energy transition efforts by building upon the region’s potential in solar, wind and hydroelectric energy and capability for improving energy efficiency through making industries less energy intensive and buildings more energy efficient in order to contribute to strengthening the region’s energy resilience, improving the level of energy security, ensuring energy independence, helping to meet its climate objectives, and creating jobs and business opportunities. The EU and CA countries work together to build synergies for the sustainable energy sector and make the CA region a stronger player on the global scene.

To achieve sustainable energy in Central Asia (CA), the EU promotes economic cooperation and connectivity in the region. In 2022, the EU launched a four-year project ‘Sustainable Energy Connectivity in Central Asia ‘(SECCA). 

The mission of the SECCA Project is to promote a more sustainable energy mix in the Central Asia region in line with EU best practices. 

To fulfill its mission, SECCA will strive to provide for strengthened and more inclusive policy, regulatory and institutional framework for the transition to a sustainable energy system, within a regional context as well as for increased investment, capacity and awareness in sustainable energy in the Central Asia region.

The SECCA Project is working closely with national energy Ministries, Government agencies, representatives of civil society and businesses of CA countries as well as with other donor-funded peer projects, International Financial Institutions (IFIs) and other key stakeholders to boost the renewable energy (RE) production and improve energy efficiency (EE) in the region. 

SECCA will focus on improving stakeholders’ capacity, raising public awareness on EE and RE, organizing the EU–CA high-level meetings to discuss important EE and RE issues, identifying and developing bankable EE and RE investment projects, contributing to the fulfillment of international human rights commitments in CA countries, including equal access to energy, and supporting gender inclusive policies and legislation for EE and RE. 

SECCA will contribute to the empowerment of women to increase their participation in decision-making and management of the energy and related sectors. The Project will also promote equal opportunities for female entrepreneurship, jobs and career development in tackling challenges related to energy security, EE and RE.

The expected results of the SECCA project are:

  • Strengthened public capacities for governance, strategy development, gender inclusive policy design and regulatory framework for energy efficiency (EE) and renewable energy (RE) deployment.
  • Public awareness raised on EE and RE importance and technology.
  • Strengthened capacities for management of energy data, information and modelling
  • Enhanced identification and accessibility of EE and RE investment projects, and the most appropriate technologies and innovative financing mechanisms taking into account equal opportunities, and fair and effective participation of women.

The SECCA project is funded by the European Union and implemented by a consortium led by Stantec sa/nv with Intec-GOPA International Energy Consultants, ACTED, and the Florence School of Regulation (FSR) – Energy, as consortium partners.

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