Azerbaijan to introduce renewable energy sources in Karabakh region

Azerbaijan has extensive plans to introduce renewable energy sources in the Karabakh region, Deputy Energy Minister Elnur Soltanov has said.

These remarks were made during the event Italian Design Day 2022: Design and New Technologies for Sustainable Development at ADA University on May 24.

According to him, Azerbaijan’s strategy provides for electricity production based on renewable energy sources and very limited use of natural gas in Karabakh.

“Our plans to make Karabakh a ‘green’ zone, a zone of renewable energy sources are large-scale in all respects. Our strategy, which we have been developing for a long time, is repeated in the EU strategy, which is very important from all points of view,” he said.

The Deputy Minister added that the most advanced technologies will be used in the region.

Meanwhile, at the event, Azerbaijani Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources Mukhtar Babayev said the country should introduce plastic processing technology.

According to him, the possibility of implementing plastic processing techniques in Azerbaijan is real. Moreover, discussions on the subject have already taken place.

“Nowadays, waste management is a global trend. It also continues to be a challenge not only for Azerbaijan but for the whole region,” Babayev said.

Speaking at the event, Chairman of the State Committee for Urban Planning and Architecture Anar Guliyev noted that the planning of Karabakh towns and villages in Azerbaijan is almost complete.

He said that today Azerbaijan faces a big task – to restore completely destroyed settlements.

In addition, Guliyev noted that there are plans to build new modern towns and villages in the liberated territories, adding that Italian partners are helping to restore land.

In a separate statement, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Italy to Azerbaijan Claudio Taffuri said that Azerbaijan and Italy create synergy in the field of design.

“We will discuss the manufacturability of design, its regeneration, which is particularly important in the world of globalization,” the ambassador said.

Taffuri added that the exhibition will also feature the work of Italian design professionals.

Azerbaijan is an important energy supplier for Italy. Azerbaijan has more than 100 Italian companies operating in various sectors. In addition, Italian companies have contracts worth more than 10 billion euros ($11.8 billion) for Azerbaijani projects inside and outside the country.

Speaking about the establishment of the Italo-Azerbaijani University, ADA University rector Hafiz Pashayev said that this is a new stage in the development of relations between the two countries.

“I put my heart into the design of ADA University. The Italo-Azerbaijani University, which will be established in cooperation with us, is of great importance for the development of relations between Azerbaijan and the Italy,” he said.

The rector also noted that ADA University already collaborates with five Italian universities.

“I hope ADA University, our joint efforts and today’s discussions will contribute to productive cooperation between the two countries,” Pashayev added.

A document on the construction of the Italo-Azerbaijani University was signed, and the ceremony of laying its foundation took place on April 2.

The ceremony was attended by Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov, Energy Minister Parviz Shahbazov, Education Minister Emin Amrullayev and Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio.

Azerbaijan’s total investment in the Italian economy is estimated at around 1.7 billion euros ($2 billion), with Italy investing around 770 million euros ($910.8 million) in Azerbaijan.

Italy was Azerbaijan’s top trading partner in January-February 2022, with a total trade turnover of $3.1 billion between the two countries.

Italy was one of the first countries to express its support for the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan, as well as its interest in participating in restoration efforts in the liberated territories of Azerbaijan. Thus, Italy and Israel have already started working on a joint project to transform the liberated region of Zangilan into a smart city.

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