Kazakh enterprises will receive capital reimbursements for the introduction of green technologies

Kazakh enterprises will receive capital reimbursements for the introduction of green technologies. According to the Association of Kazakhstan’s Environmental Organizations, the approach will encourage companies to reduce the negative impact on the environment. The companies will receive compensation for installation of wastewater treatment plants, filters, control devices for environmental emissions and other technologies. This provision may be included in the new environmental code. Experts took into account the international standards of the OECD member countries. According to experts, the new development will bring Kazakhstan closer to the top 30 most competitive countries in the world.

AIGUL SOLOVYOVA, CHAIR, ASSOCIATION OF KAZAKHSTAN’S ENVIRONMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS:

- It is important to provide incentives for the companies. Therefore, this code is designed for the targeted use of these resources. We receive payments from four sources, including two on the Governmental and two on the local levels. According to the statistics, just 0.03 to 40 percent of the environmental payments are allocated for environmental measures. Therefore, we need to determine the target purpose in the new code. The President said that we need to systematize and develop more effective measures aimed at the development of green technologies.

The new environmental code will enter into force by 2020. Kazakhstan is set to improve its environment. In the State-of-the-Nation Address, President Nazarbayev spoke about the importance of environmental improvement, particularly, in terms of harmful emissions, conditions of the soil, land, air and waste management. The President instructed the Government to develop environmental monitoring systems with a free online access. Experts believe that the annual address will give a new impetus to the environmental protection in Kazakhstan.

AIGUL SOLOVYOVA, CHAIR, ASSOCIATION OF KAZAKHSTAN’S ENVIRONMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS:

- We need to review or rework the areas that need to be improved in Kazakhstan by a certain period of time. In the State-of-the-Nation Address, the President highlighted that we need to revise the environmental law by bringing it in compliance with these norms. We also need to improve air emissions. Moreover, we need to introduce the best available technologies. There is the International Center for Green Technologies established in Kazakhstan to implement the concept of transitioning to the green economy which will introduce these technologies.  

Experts believe that innovations and the environmental development, highlighted by the President in the address, will contribute to Kazakhstan’s modernization.