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PLAN OF ACTION OF THE
BSEC WORKING GROUP ON ENERGY FOR THE PERIOD 2015-2017Country - Coordinator: the Russian Federation

 Considering the provisions of the Declarations on cooperation in the field of energy and Statements of Energy Ministers of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (hereafter - BSEC) Member States,

Affirming the importance of developing cooperation between countries and peoples of the Black Sea region with an objective to guarantee the stability and prosperity of the region,

Taking into account the potential of the BSEC Member States to develop a sustainable energy future,

Emphasizing the role of the Organization of the BSEC as a mechanism for developing multilateral energy cooperation in the region;

Acknowledging the crucial importance of developing the appropriate framework and implementing measures aimed at strengthening the partnerships between key producers/suppliers, energy importers and transit countries of the Black Sea region,

Recognizing the importance of defining regional energy policy objectives and developing relevant regional infrastructure, able to ensure the sustainable diversification of both routes and sources of energy supplies and creation of better transport conditions of the energy resources in the region,

Considering the importance of developing cooperation between BSEC and relevant international organizations and institutions,

Having respect to the achievements in the field of energy cooperation that had been reached during the period when Republic of Turkey was a Country-Coordinator of the BSEC Working Group on Energy,

Reaffirming the collective commitment to enhance energy security, competitiveness and sustainability in the Black Sea region,

Acknowledging the strategic role of the energy sector in strengthening cooperation in the Black Sea region,

Taking into account the activity of other international organizations and forums in the sphere of energy as well as the objectives of the initiative SE4ALL,

The Working Group agreed on:

The Plan of Action of the BSEC Working Group on Energy will be focused on the following priority areas:

I. Exchange of information on legislation in energy sector and national programs
II. Sustainable energy development
III. Development and improvement of energy infrastructure in the Black Sea region

I. EXCHANGE OF INFORMATION ON LEGISLATION IN ENERGY SECTOR AND NATIONAL PROGRAMS

Objectives: Exchange of consequential information on legislation in energy sector and national energy programs in the BSEC Member States. Cooperation aimed at implementation of best practices/ innovations and latest updates regarding advanced energy technologies, energy projects, energy sources etc.

Activities:
Promote exchange of information on legislation in energy sector and national energy programs in the BSEC Member States.

Encourage discussion on energy legislation in the frame of the BSEC Working Group on energy meetings.

Promote dialogue among the BSEC Member States governmental bodies and energy companies concerning the necessity to improve energy legislation, taking into consideration best practices and relevant experience of other international organizations and forums.

Methods:
Encourage and promote organization of expert events, such as conferences, seminars and workshops in order to exchange information and share the best practice in the sphere of development of oil and gas sector, electricity, use of renewables, energy efficiency, new energy technologies etc.

II. SUSTAINABLE ENERGY DEVELOPMENT

Objective: Development and implementation of relevant strategies and building the necessary institutional capacity for promoting sustainable energy and Green Growth policies in the Black Sea Region countries, following the best practices in the field of energy efficiency and energy savings, alternative and renewable energy and climate change mitigation and adaptation.

Activities:
Promote research projects and programs for secure, reliable, competitive and cleaner energy in the Black Sea region. Exchange of best practice aimed at improvement of the quality and quantity of energy services, including necessary evaluation of energy legislation.

Improve energy efficiency and encourage energy saving measures, promote use of renewable energy sources and environmentally friendly energy technologies.
Establish a close cooperation and exchange of experience in Research & Development, clean energy technologies and sustainable use of renewable energy sources.

Develop a competitive regional energy market on the basis of reliable energy infrastructure and investigate opportunities and possibilities to develop mechanisms for a future sustainable energy market.

Promote energy security through diversification of energy supply sources and routes, optimization of use of local energy sources, improvement of energy efficiency and large scale implementation of the renewable energy sources, clean technologies and nuclear energy, to the extent to which it is in compliance with the national legislation of the Member States.

Exchange of information on best practice in the sphere of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and actively participate in emission trading offering new income opportunities.

Promote governmental - private partnership to facilitate the development of a network between administrative bodies and / or expert organizations and centers in the BSEC Member States mandated to promote renewable energy sources and energy efficiency measures, with a view to exchange and transfer technical «knowhow» and promote the necessary legislative and regulatory reforms in their respective countries, in order to reduce non-technical barriers.

Finalize the Green Energy Strategy Paper of the BSEC Member States.

Enhance further cooperation with relevant international organizations and institutions in order to develop practical and purpose-oriented cooperation in the fields of sustainable development, energy efficiency and renewable energy.

Methods:
Encourage and promote organization of expert events, such as conferences, seminars and workshops in order to exchange information and share the experience on the progress being made and steps to be taken in the sphere of sustainable development in the BSEC Member States. The BSEC PERMIS will be actively involved in corresponding activities, such as elaborating documents, monitoring implementation, organization of events and welcome to provide suggestions for further improvements.

Monitor progress in the sphere of sustainable energy development made by other relevant international energy organizations, especially UN Commissions, IEA, IRENA, REN21, G20, SE4ALL etc.


III. DEVELOPMENT OF ENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE IN THE BLACK SEA REGION

Objectives: Development of energy infrastructure in the Black Sea region, new oil and gas transport initiatives, including promotion of the already existing infrastructure projects which are in various stages of development, electricity interconnection, development of a stable and secure business environment aimed to attract investments in new infrastructure projects in the region, increase constructive cooperation among the BSEC Member States in the sphere of energy infrastructure development.

Activities:
Promote various projects and programs for development of the energy infrastructure in the Black Sea region aimed at strengthening cooperation among the BSEC Member States.

Provide regional transfer of the best available technologies in the area of fossil fuel exploration, transportation, storage and refining aimed at improvement of environmental health, implementation of appropriate measures as a reaction to global climate change.

Development and enhancement of the electricity networks aimed to integrate renewables, in a secure and efficient way.

Methods:
Organize workshops, seminars and expert meetings regarding the exchange of information in the sphere of energy infrastructure development.

Prepare reports and/or detailed information concerning new energy projects in the Black Sea region.