Kazakhstan needs strategy for transition to low-carbon development

ASTANA (TCA) — Kazakhstan needs to develop a national strategy for transition to low-carbon development, Energy Minister Kanat Bozumbayev said during the fourth session of the Council on transition to a green economy under the President of Kazakhstan, held in Astana on July 4, the official website of the Prime Minister of Kazakhstan reported.  

“We believe that in order to achieve commitments of Kazakhstan in a comprehensive and systematic way in the sphere of greenhouse gas reduction in the framework of the Paris climate agreement, it is necessary to develop a national strategy for transition to low-carbon development that will allow our country to be in the world development trend and to participate in international investment projects,” Bozumbayev said.

The minister said that today the share of renewable energy in the country is less than 1 percent.

“The system of state support measures for renewable energy sources is based on a long-term policy set out in the Concept of transition to a green economy. According to forecasts on development of renewable and alternative energy sources, their share will increase to 3% in 2020, 30% in 2030, and 50% in 2050,” Bozumbayev said.

Bozumbayev also said that by 2030, the amount of energy generated at Kazakhstan’s power stations may increase to 175 billion kWh per year.

“In 2015, power plants of the country produced 91 billion kWh of electricity, by 2030 it is expected to increase power generation to 130-175 billion kWh,” Bozumbayev said.

The minister added that the increase in electricity production should not lead to increases in greenhouse gas emissions if measures are taken in a timely manner.

Sergey Kwan