Energy and Resource Efficiency as contribution to Green Economy in Kazakhstan - 18_I_240 - 9985 - Internationale Climate Initiative (IKI)

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Energy and Resource Efficiency as contribution to Green Economy in Kazakhstan

As of: January 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 by 2050. To support the political vision of a low carbon economy, the project analyses future potential economic models for KAZ taking into account global political, economic and technological changes. In addition, it accompanies 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 10.09.2019, the project organised a conference on the success factors for a long-term strategy as part of the Green Growth Forum in Nur-Sultan. Magzum Mirzagaliev, Minister of Ecology, Geology and Natural Resources (Ministry of Environment), announced the development of the strategy with the support of the IKI project. In addition to high-ranking representatives of various ministries, the Kazakh Industry Association and the Association of Environmental Organisations, renowned international experts participated with expert contributions: Stanislaw Tillich, former Prime Minister of Saxony and Chairman of the German "Coal Commission", Jürgen Keinhorst (BMU), Anthony Cox, Deputy Director of the OECD Environmental Division and Siddharth Pathak, Director of the 2050 Pathways Platform. The forum counted over 300 participants.
  • In October 2019, consultations on the political vision of the Strategy will take place in Nur-Sultan Stakeholders. Existing preliminary work and considerations on potential KAZ economic models for the year 2050, corresponding development paths, necessary policy measures and the resulting savings potential will be recorded. The 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 10.09.2019 Marit Hjort, BAT expert of the OECD, took part in the conference "Taxonomy and BAT: What comes first" with financial support of the project. In October and November 2019, the project will analyse the state of the art in energy production with the support of international and national experts. The analysis not only provides the necessary data for the BAT reference document for power plants, but also supports the strategy with information on potential stranded assets in a reorientation of the power generation system.
  • The project supported a panel of experts on 09.-10.09.2019 to comment on the draft environmental law. Further expert advice is planned for September and October 2019.

Project data


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

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

BMU grant:
€ 4,500,000

09/2018 till 09/2021