Clean Energy Workshop held in Astana in August 2015

24 September 2015

Clean Energy Workshop held in Astana in August 2015

Promotion of Clean Energy in Resource-Rich Countries:  Case Study of Kazakhstan workshop held in Astana 17-19 August 2015

The Centre for Euro-Asian Studies at the University of Reading and JSC “Economic Research Institute” has won a grant to hold a joint workshop on “Promotion of Clean Energy in Resource-Rich Countries:  Case Study of Kazakhstan” with under the Newton – Al-Farabi Partnership Programme.  The workshop took place from the 17-19 August 2015 in Astana, Kazakhstan.

The workshop’s aim was to serve as a platform to contribute to the discussions on key topics related to the promotion of clean energy recourses in Kazakhstan and to connect together early career and established researchers in the UK and Kazakhstan working on energy economics, natural resource economics, renewable energy development, etc.  The workshop was attended by 50 participants from the UK and Kazakhstan.  The purposes of the workshop were to inform the public, decision makers and research community regarding pathways to transition to the green growth in Kazakhstan.  Workshop sessions included, but were not limited to the following topics:

  • Challenges of promoting clean energy source in energy-rich and energy-poor countries;
  • Positioning of Kazakhstan on a work area and fulfilment of obligations aligned by the Green Growth Strategy and Kyoto Protocol;
  • Potential of renewable energy sources in Kazakhstan;
  • Smart grids;
  • Energy efficiency;
  • Sustainable transportation and public transportation;
  • Carbon capture and storage;
  • Policies tailoring on promoting low-carbon development in Kazakhstan.

The outcome of the seminar included dissemination of the results to the relevant decision making institutions, including EXPO 2017, within the Kazakhstan government, as well as work on the monograph related to green energy. Talking about the success of the workshop Professor Kalyuzhnova said that the workshop  analysed the implications of the global shift to cleaner energy for a country whose economy has centred on hydrocarbon exports.  The challenge is urgent for Kazakhstan, whose recent economic growth has driven increased demand for energy services, making the construction of additional generating capacity increasing necessary for enabling sustained growth. In this context, renewable energy resources are becoming an increasingly attractive option to help bridge the demand-supply gap. This seminar provide us with ample of opportunities to discuss and make tangible conclusions related to this issue.” The seminar had a significant coverage in the Kazakhstaniu mass media.

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