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A Clean Energy Future for Central Asia

The Brussels Energy Club and the diplomatic missions of the Central Asian nations in Brussels organized the first conference in a hybrid format (in-person and online) on energy security and sustainability addressing the entire Central Asian region.


Building New Partnerships to Deliver the

Energy Transition in a Rapidly Growing Region

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Central Asia is an important region of Eurasia with increasing relevance for the EU from the perspective of connectivity, trade, and energy cooperation. The region is strategically located between Europe, China, Russia, and South Asia, as a trade and investment crossroads. Central Asia is also an important source of energy diversification and supply for international markets. Additionally, Central Asia is a region with great potential for the development of clean energy, where existing water resources, as well as conventional fuels, can be employed to enable decarbonization processes. It is a region of Eurasia that will continue to invite investment from abroad in order to stimulate domestic economies and regional growth, whilst also providing international partners with opportunities to shape the development of its energy markets.


High-level addresses

Dr. Marat Terterov

Moderator, Principal Representative, Brussels Energy Club

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Dr Bahadir Kaleagasi

Honorary Chairman, Brussels Energy Club, former-Secretary General, TUSIAD (online)

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Margulan Baimukhan

Ambassador of Kazakhstan to the EU

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Aidit Erkin

Ambassador of Kyrgyzstan to the EU

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Sapar Palvanov

Ambassador of Turkmenistan to the EU

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Dilyor Khakimov

Ambassador of Uzbekistan to the EU

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Firdavs Usmonov

Councellor, Chargé d'affaires,

Embassy of Tajikistan in Belgium

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Tomáš Zdechovsky

MEP, incoming Chair, DCAS, European Parliament

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Terhi Hakala

EU Special Representative for Central Asia, EEAS

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In-depth country and regional-level presentations:

Panel: Renewable energy investment

in Central Asia (regional cooperation)

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Moderator: Dr. Marat Terterov, Principal Representative, Brussels Energy Club

Panel contributors:


Senior Advisor, Brussels Energy Club (online)

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Almazbek Tuganbaev, Acting Head of the Department of Energy Efficiency and Development of Renewable Energy Sources of the Ministry of Energy of the Kyrgyz Republic (online)

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Aziz Khamidov

Head of Department of Energy and Chemicals, Ministry of Investments, Industry and Trade of Uzbekistan (online)

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Sapar Palvanov

Ambassador of Turkmenistan to the EU

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Aliya Shalabekova

KMG National Company

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Presentation of Alya Shalabekova KMG
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Thomas Schleker

DG Research & Innovation, C1 Clean Energy Transition, European Commission

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Presentation of Thomas Schleker
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Pierre Tardieu

Chief Policy Officer, WindEurope

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Panel: Donors, technical assistance, and investment

for regional-level development (clean energy)

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Nadežda Kokotović

Director, Brussels Energy Club

Panel Contributors:

Nurlan Kapenov


Qazaq Green Association

Presentation of Nurlan Kapenov. Development of renewables in Kazakhstan
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Stefano Signore

Head of Unit,

DG International Partnerships, F1 – Climate Change and Sustainable Energy, Nuclear Safety, European Commission

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Daulet Zhakupov

Senior Engineer,

Department of Alternative Energy,

KMG Engineering, Kazakhstan (online)

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D.Zhakupov KMG Engineering
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Vadim Sinitsa

Principal Banker, Energy Eurasia MEA,

Sustainable Infrastructure Group, EBRD

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Alexander Antonyuk

Energy Representative, Eastern Partnership Countries,

European Investment Bank (Online)

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Ekaterina Galitsyna

Director, Head of CIS Region,

KfW IPEX-Bank GmbH (online)

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Presentation of Ekaterina Galitsyna
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Paulius Kuncinas

Principal, Oxon Capital Ltd, London/Singapore (online)

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Panel: Hydro and natural gas

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Moderator: Dr. Marat Terterov, Principal Representative, Brussels Energy Club

Panel contributors:

Olim Azimov, Acting Head, International Department, Ministry of Energy and Water Resources, Republic of Tajikistan (online)

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Igor Zgurov

Chairman of the Board, Vema Carbon

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Pierre-Paul Antheunissens

General Director, EDF Central Asia (online)

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Jan Haizmann

Secretary-General, Zero Emissions Traders Alliance;

Advisory Board Member, Brussels Energy Club

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Roxana Caliminte

Deputy-Secretary General,

Gas Infrastructure Europe (online)

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Panel: Green hydrogen, solar energy, wind,

and other new clean renewable alternatives

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Moderator: Nadezda Kokotovic, Director, Brussels Energy Club

Panel Contributors:

Luca Giansanti


Head of European Government Affairs, Eni

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Ainur Tumysheva


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Razi Nurullayev

Member of the Parliament of Azerbaijan,

Chairman, "REGION" International Analytical Center (RIAC)

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David Hardy

Member of the Board of Directors,

British-Kazakh Society (Online)

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Presentation of David Hardy
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Jean De Brabander

Senior Advisor for Eurasia,

Brussels Diplomatic Academy

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Chris Cook

Senior Research Fellow,

Institute for Strategy Resilience and Security,

University College, London

Marcus Saul

Senior Research Fellow,

Institute for Strategy Resilience and Security,

University College London, IslandPower

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Presentation of Chris Cook and Marcus Saul
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Closing keynote and summary of

conference outcomes by the moderators

  • H.E Tomáš Zdechovský MEP, incoming Chair, DCAS, European Parliament

  • Nadezda Kokotovic, Director, Brussels Energy Club

  • Dr Marat Terterov, Principal Representative, Brussels Energy Club

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Media coverage

EURACTIV: Kazakh expert: Central Asia needs a transnational electricity grid

The Astana Times: Brussels Energy Club Addresses Clean Energy Transition in Central Asia

Travel Tomorrow: More is needed to decarbonise Central Asia’s energy sector

Eureporter: Co-operation key to releasing Central Asia’s green energy potential

BNN: Central Asian Nations Discuss Green Transition and Energy Security at Inaugural Brussels Energy Club

In Russian:

Orient: В Брюсселе представлен потенциал Туркменистана в формировании чистой энергетики будущего Развитие энергосектора в ЦА – в объединении усилий

Dunyo: В Брюсселе обсуждены вопросы энергетической безопасности и устойчивого развития всего региона Центральной Азии

In Kazakh: ЕО жасыл энергетиканы дамытуға мүдделі

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