(By Dr Shahid Qureshi – Astana, Kazakhstan):-
Kazakhstan’s new International Centre for Green Technologies and Investment Projects was announced at the Astana Economic Forum, during a panel discussion featuring high-level officials and experts.
Members of the ‘Green economy’ panel included Prime Minister Bakhytzhan Sagintayev, Minister of Energy Kanat Bozumbayev, Head of the Association of Ecological Organisations Aliya Nazarbayeva, and Global Green Growth Institute Chair Ban Ki-moon.
“Kazakhstan, as a country with huge natural resources, understands its responsibility for ensuring the sustainable development of world energy security. The UN Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Climate Agreement demonstrate that the global community is ready for a united effort to curb climate change. Today, we are honoured to present the International Centre for Green Technologies and Investment Projects as our contribution to the international community,” the Prime Minister said.
The central function of the new endeavor is to build a culture of environmental responsibility, and address environmental issues through the development of green technologies in Kazakhstan. These developments will then be promoted and replicated in other Central Asian states. President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev initiated the project, and it is hoped that it will serve as an ideological continuation of the legacy of EXPO 2017.
One innovative project, the Solar Resources Atlas of Kazakhstan, has already begun work and had positive results. The interactive atlas provides free access to information on implementing solar power technologies in Kazakhstan.
The transition to a green economy in Kazakhstan has improved the sustainability of water provision in the county, and increased access to the central water supply to 94% in urban areas and 57% in rural areas. Labour productivity in agriculture has doubled due to resource-saving clean technologies, the use of recycling and waste management has reached 31%, and through the launch of an advanced energy-saving system, the volume of renewable energy sources will approach 460 megawatts by the end of this year.