Astana hosted an international conference on Kazakhstan’s transition to a green economy

Astana hosted an international conference on Kazakhstan’s transition to a green economy

Astana hosted an international conference on Kazakhstan’s transition to a green economy. The topics of discussion included reducing energy consumption and harmful emissions, as well as increasing the share of renewable energy sources, waste management and water quality. The meeting participants believe that industrial enterprises should transition to the principles of best available technologies.

VLADIMIR MARYEV, SENIOR STAFF, RUSSIAN ENVIRONMENTAL CENTER:

 - The idea of the best available technologies includes aspects, such as renewable energy sources, as well as a new approach to process management at enterprises and application of new technologies. It is a comprehensive approach to complying with the environmental principles in industrial development. As we can see, the permit issuance system and transitioning to the principles of the best available technologies have started developing in Kazakhstan. 

Kazakh officials are planning to adopt neighbouring countries’ experience in the implementation of the best green practices. In particular, Kazakhstan is set to cooperate with the Russian Center for Environmental Policy.

VLADIMIR MARYEV, SENIOR STAFF, RUSSIAN ENVIRONMENTAL CENTER:

 - Such cooperation will help us coordinate our actions in the industry’s transitioning to the principles of the best available technologies. At the moment, the European countries as well as the developed Southeast Asian countries are transitioning from a linear economy which is based on the ‘take-make-dispose’ approach to the circular economy where wastes become raw materials thus minimizing the disposal rate and waste landfilling, improving living conditions and enhancing the performance of the industrial enterprises. All these developments are part of the best available technologies principle.  

Currently, the share of the renewable energy sources is no more than one per cent of all energy produced in Kazakhstan. However, the Government is planning to increase the figure to three per cent by 2020. Kazakhstan is actively attracting foreign investors, cooperating with leading experts of the European Union in renewable energy and green technologies.

JOHANNES STENBAEK MADSEN, HEAD OF COOPERATION, EU DELEGATION TO KAZAKHSTAN:

 - The European Union worked with Kazakhstan on introducing water efficient and energy efficient technologies in some projects here in Kazakhstan. Where we had four pilot sites across the country where the technology to use less energy and less water was introduces in Akshi for instance in a school. In Aktobe, there were sensors installed on a water dam. So these are some examples where an EU-funded project made a direct contribution to introducing the best available technologies.

According to experts, Kazakhstan’s transition to the principles of the best available technologies will take about 10 years. The best green practices are expected to be first introduced in the production of goods and products with export potential.