Support of Green Economy in Kazakhstan and Central Asia for a low-carbon economic development - Internationale Climate Initiative (IKI)
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Support of Green Economy in Kazakhstan and Central Asia for a low-carbon economic development

As of: September 2020

Objective and activities

The objective of the project is to support the government of Kazakhstan in strengthening institutional and technical capacities for the implementation of the Green Economy Strategy and thus also the NDC, and thereby creating positive spillover effects to other Central Asian countries. In the first of three work packages, the project targets to advice decision makers from the Ministry of Energy and the Ministry of National Economy as well as other relevant governmental and nongovernmental partners in designing policy measures to put the Green Economy Concept into practice. The second work package strenghtens the dialogue between government and private sector for the implementation of Green Economy policies, particularly in the fields of energy and resource efficiency. In the third work package, results and lessons learnt are disseminated among key stakeholder groups within Kazakhstan and its Central Asian neighbour countries.

State of implementation/results

  • The project supports Kazakhstan (KAZ) in developing a strategy for low-carbon development until 2050. To support the political vision of a low-carbon economy, future potential economic models for Kazakhstan are analysed in the light of global political, economic and technological changes. In addition, the project accompanies the strategy development with technical and process consulting, stakeholder consultations and modelling
  • On 20.05.2019 an event on macroeconomic modelling took place with 43 participants. With the support of DIW ECON, the expectations of the political partner were discussed and functional requirements for modelling, modelling capacities, application practice and data access were determined
  • On September 10, 2019, the project organized a conference on the success factors for a long-term strategy at the Green Growth Forum in Nur-Sultan. Magzum Mirzagaliev, Minister of Ecology, Geology and Natural Resources (Ministry of Environment), announced that the strategy would be developed with the support of the IKI project. In addition to high-ranking representatives of various ministries, the Kazakh Industrial Association and the Association of Environmental Organisations, well-known international experts also participated with technical contributions: Stanislaw Tillich, former Prime Minister of Saxony and Chairman of the German "Coal Commission", Jürgen Keinhorst (BMU), Anthony Cox, Deputy Director of the 2nd OECD Environment Division and Siddharth Pathak, Director of the 2050 Pathways Platform. The forum had over 300 participants
  • In October 2019, stakeholder consultations on the political vision of the strategy took place in Nur-Sultan. The consultations covered existing preparatory work and considerations on potential economic models of KAZ for the year 2050, the corresponding development paths, necessary policy measures and the resulting savings potential. GIZ is supported by adelphi and national experts. In addition to the strategy, the project supports the implementation of the Green Economy concept
  • Accompanying the introduction of Best Available Techniques (BAT) in KAZ
  • On the 10th of September 2019, Marit Hjort, BAT expert of the OECD, participated in the conference "Taxonomy and BAT: What comes first" with financial support of the project
  • In October and November 2019, the project analysed the state of the art in energy production with the support of international and national experts. The analysis did not only provide necessary data for the BAT reference document for power plants, but also supported the strategy with information on potential co-benefits as well as "stranded assets" in a reorientation of the power generation system
  • The project supported an expert panel from 9th to 10th of September 2019 to comment on the draft environmental law.

Project data


Implementing organisation:
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

Partner institution(s):
  • Ministry of Energy - Kazakhstan

BMU grant:
4.500.000,00 €

09/2018  till  08/2021


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