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Chapter Zero Uzbekistan launches

Chapter Zero Uzbekistan launched this week, becoming the 26th active Chapter in the global network and the first in Central Asia. The Chapter’s aim is to enable members of corporate supervisory and management boards in Uzbekistan to address climate change and look for ways to achieve net-zero emissions in the crucial coming years.

Chapter Zero Uzbekistan is a strategic program implemented in collaboration with the Westminster International University in Tashkent, acting as a host organisation, with support from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and Deloitte Uzbekistan.

Julie Baddeley, Chair of the Climate Governance Initiative Governing Board, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Chapter Zero Uzbekistan to the Climate Governance Initiative’s global network. With its core mission to accelerate climate action in Uzbek organisations, driven by a founding group of passionate patron chairs and committee members, Chapter Zero Uzbekistan is primed to deliver real impact for its members and the stakeholders their organisations touch. We look forward to working with the Chapter on this vital mission.”

Bakhrom Mirkasimov, Rector at WIUT, said: “at WIUT, we focus on sustainability not because we are environmentalists but because we would like to set an example for the next generation of leaders and businesses in Uzbekistan. Together we can pioneer solutions to national sustainable development challenges.”

“Through our own operations, research and teaching, innovation and industry partnerships, the University is launching and hosting Chapter Zero Uzbekistan to empower and guide local businesses in adopting sustainable practices and driving climate action, ensuring a greener and more resilient future for Uzbekistan and beyond.”

Karen Srapionov, Advisory Board Member of Chapter Zero Uzbekistan and Non-Executive Director for various public companies, said: “The importance of climate change and broader ESG and Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) agendas for Uzbekistan is difficult to underestimate. Taking into account the significant concentration of business and economic growth on natural resources, agriculture, tourism, and other related areas, the representatives of stated-owned enterprises (SOEs) and private businesses should spearhead this initiative with top priority.”

“Chapter Zero Uzbekistan is a pivotal channel to help companies and directors to improve their competencies, implement such practices and bring expertise to the Uzbek corporate segment.”

The Chapter will organise various free-of-charge live and online events, record podcasts, publish and promote capacity building materials and knowledge, and invite its members to events and workshops organised by the global network.

Find out more at the Chapter Zero Uzbekistan website and follow the Chapter on LinkedIn.