ASTANA – The Kazakh Ministry of Energy and the World Bank recently launched an online platform to monitor and report greenhouse gases (GHG) emission sources.
“Kazakhstan’s emissions trading system is the first of its kind in the Central Asia region,” said World Bank Country Manager for Kazakhstan Ato Brown. “With support from the Partnership for Market Readiness, the country has made a great effort to develop policy options for mid- and long-term emissions pathways and to develop an action plan on GHG emissions reductions by 2030. The World Bank will continue to support the government during the crucial stages of policy implementation.”
According to the press service of the World Bank in Kazakhstan, the system has no analogues in the Commonwealth Independent States and meets all information security requirements.
This platform is an essential part of the National Emissions Trading System of Kazakhstan, which was launched in 2013 as the main instrument for regulating internal CO2 emissions and developing low-carbon technologies. Today, the system covers all major companies in the energy, oil and gas, mining, metallurgical and chemical industries.
The platform enables Kazakhstan’s major emitters to transmit and record data on GHGs emissions, as well as trade online.
“The electronic platform undoubtedly proves the evolution of the Kazakhstan emission control system, which will allow the monitoring, reporting and verification system to be upgraded to a much higher level,” said Deputy General Director of Zhasyl Damu Sergei Tsoi.
Emissions data is confirmed by accredited bodies for verification and validation and transferred to a registry using an electronic digital signature. To date, there are seven verification companies accredited in Kazakhstan, with five more in the process of accreditation.
Zhasyl Damu developed the platform with the support of France’s Technical Centre on Air Pollution and Greenhouse Gases. Since 2014, the World Bank has provided technical assistance to Kazakhstan in the implementation of this system and related measures to mitigate the climate change impact.