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09/16/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 09/16/2021 07:38

Smart cities — concept, technology and perspectives discussed at OSCE seminar in Turkmenistan

From 14 to16 September 2021, the OSCE Centre in Ashgabat supported an online seminar to promote best practices and standards, and discuss perspectives and challenges of 'smart cities'. The development of a renewable energy sector was also discussed.

The three-day event brought together representatives of the Ministry of Energy, and lecturers and students from the Turkmen State Energy Institute.

Two international experts from Belarus highlighted their programme for the standardization and implementation of a smart city concept. They presented modern energy saving technologies, methods for monitoring and forecasting smart city infrastructure, and maintaining an alternative and sustainable energy supply. Developing smart energy networks in the region, and implementing and promoting green certificates were also discussed at the event.

'Smart cities bring us great environmental benefits. The main drivers behind the development of smart and sustainable cities are the reduction of CO2 footprints, improving energy efficiency and storage, and developing alternative energy sources,' said John MacGregor, Head of the OSCE Centre in Ashgabat.