Ministry Presents Plan to Combat Climate Change

ASTANA – The Kazakhstan Climate Change Control Programme (KCCCP) was presented in Astana at a recent international climate change conference attended by representatives of the Ministry of Environment and Water Resources, diplomatic staff of the U.S. Embassy in Kazakhstan and representatives of USAID.

Speakers noted that the problem of climate change is global and combating it requires a comprehensive approach. So the three-year Kazakhstan programme to reduce greenhouse gases will be implemented in conjunction with the U.S. Agency for International Development.

According to Gulmira Sergazina, director of the department of low-carbon development of the Kazakhstan Ministry of Environment and Water Resources, the diversification of Kazakhstan’s economy, implemented within the State Programme of Industrial and Innovative Development (SPAIID) in 2010-2014, will allow Kazakhstan to plan for greenhouse gas reductions beginning in 2015.

“In the Strategic Plan for 2011-2015, the ministry sets the goal to create conditions for the formation of principles of green economy primarily through public campaigns, training workshops for subsoil users, the introduction of environmentally friendly technologies, as well as through promotion of energy efficiency and energy saving,” Sergazina said.

Head of the USAID office in Astana Niels Bergeson called the programme another contribution to the partnership between Kazakhstan and the United States. The programme seeks to control greenhouse gas emissions and improve the energy efficiency of Kazakhstan-based enterprises.

That partnership includes a willingness of American energy conservation and climate change experts to share their knowledge and experience with their counterparts in Kazakhstan.

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