Astana’s international green technologies centre to help Kazakhstan transition to a green economy

ASTANA – The international green technologies centre to open in Astana next month will help Kazakhstan transition to a green economy and will focus on renewable energy throughout Central Asia, Kazakh Energy Minister Kanat Bozumbayev said at the recent Eurasian KAZENERGY forum, Kazinform reports.

“An international centre of green technologies and future energy investment projects will be created on the basis of EXPO in the coming month. Its tasks include transforming the energy sector and the transition to a green business. It will cooperate with the industrialised (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development) OECD countries, with Russia, China, the United States, India, and countries of Latin America. The centre will become a worthy continuation of EXPO’s practice. The centre will be focused not only on Kazakhstan, but on the entire Central Asian region,” said Bozumbayev.

Delegates of the two-day forum also discussed sustainable energy source management, climate change and carbon dioxide emissions reduction. The gathering also discussed energy efficiency and smart energy as well as nuclear and uranium industry development.

Kazakhstan is the world’s leading uranium supplier and that market is expected to grow, said Bozumbaev.

The minister noted that Kazakhstan uses traditional and renewable energy sources, saying the country hopes the share of renewable energy sources will be 3 percent by 2020, 10 percent by 2030 and 50 percent by 2050.

“Undoubtedly, we feel the influence on taking these responsible decisions on the further development of the industry. I am confident that by joint efforts we will be able to build a reliable foundation for an effective, cleaner and greener future of energy. We are obliged to provide precisely this kind of future to the next generation of power engineers,” Bozumbayev concluded.

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