The OSCE Centre in Ashgabat organized a study visit to Vienna for representatives of the Turkmen State Energy Institute in Mary (TSEI) in order to show them international best practices in the field of renewable energy sources usage, said the OSCE in a message posted on its website.
During the visit, the Turkmen delegation visited the Agricultural College Tulln and the Energiepark Bruck/Leitha complex, which generates electricity from wind and solar energy, as well as a biogas plant at the same location, says the message.
The visit participants discussed the curriculum and teaching methods of the vocational school and were acquainted with the work of a fully operational renewable energy plant.
On the last day of their visit, participants attended the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) Sustainable Energy Conference, which addressed key issues of the sustainable energy debate, linkages between climate and development and the global implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement, according to the message.
“Provision of sustainable, innovative and reliable energy supplies represents a cornerstone of energy security, stability and economic growth. While the number of countries turning to renewable energy sources is steadily increasing, ensuring a cost-effective transition to clean and sustainable energy is vital,” said Natalya Drozd, head of the OSCE Centre in Ashgabat.
“Our Centre welcomes the efforts of the government of Turkmenistan to diversify its energy sources. Facilitating the exchange of sustainable energy solutions contributes towards achieving this goal”.
The aim of the three-day study visit was to familiarize the teaching staff of the Mary State Energy Institute with the experience of Austria in implementing renewable energy projects, as well as to support the exchange of knowledge in the field between Austrian experts and their Turkmen counterparts, according to the message.
The field study visit is part of the Centre’s long-term support to the Mary State Energy Institute, which includes assistance in the establishment of a Centre of Excellence on Renewable Energy as a knowledge-sharing network of academics and specialists in the renewable energy field, says the message.