World Bank: the Heating Sector in Europe and Central Asia Region Requires Change


The heating sector in Tajikistan, like many countries in the Europe and Central Asia (ECA) Region, relies substantially on fossil fuels and highly polluting firewood and coal stoves.

In a new comprehensive analysis of 23 countries across Europe and Central Asia released today, the World Bank calls for a major revamp of the region’s heating sector to deliver sustainable and affordable services to its people, especially the most vulnerable, and to reduce reliance on inefficient, carbon-intensive fuels.

Tajikistan endures harsh winter temperatures making the heating sector a critical utility service. About 65 % of total residential energy consumption, and 21 % of the country’s energy use, is attributed to space heating.

The report, ‘Toward a Framework for the Sustainable Heating Transition’, underscores the urgent need to ensure efficient, clean, and affordable heating services for everyone. Achieving net-zero emissions by mid-century in the region requires drastic transformation of the heating sector, which today accounts for about 24% of regional energy demand and is responsible for about 22% of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Source: Asia Plus