The representative of the World Bank shared his vision for further steps to support energy efficiency initiatives in Kazakhstan

Ato Brown, World Bank Resident Representative in Kazakhstan, informed that as a result of the implementation of the Project "Improving Energy Efficiency in Kazakhstan", about 50% of electricity in the country was saved.

Ato Brown shared his vision for further steps to support energy efficiency initiatives in Kazakhstan.

“High energy intensity leads to significant costs for the country in terms of economic competitiveness, public health and the environment. Through this project, we aim to demonstrate how cost-effective modernization can help akimats improve air quality associated with reducing carbon emissions, and also significantly save budgets by reducing electricity costs, ”said Ato Brown at a press conference in the CCS.

The speaker said that he visited different regions of Kazakhstan and received many positive feedbacks on the work done by teachers, parents and children who are engaged in modernized facilities.

“Now more than 50,000 children and staff of various social facilities are engaged in comfortable conditions, with improved heating, water supply and lighting. This is not only energy efficiency and economy, but also comfortable conditions for children. This is a comfortable temperature for students and teachers who create the best conditions for teaching children. The same favorable situation is created in hospitals. It is important to understand that this is a pilot project. And it should have a multiplicative effect, ”he said.

According to Ato Brown, on the basis of these pilots, follow-up policies should be implemented not only at home and at government facilities, but also in the industrial sector.

transport could significantly improve the environmental situation, throwing out a smaller amount of pollution. We are also talking about state-owned enterprises, they need to be modernized. It is important to understand that the results of our pilot projects should be used to prove and demonstrate that this practice should be continued. Akimats, architects, engineers, players in the market should understand that reducing energy costs and improving energy efficiency is important and feasible. The government and the private sector all must respond to this policy because it is a huge market. In Almaty and Astana, there are about $ 5.6 billion in potential savings that can be achieved. These are tremendous opportunities to transform Kazakhstan into a modern economy and into a knowledge-based economy, ”he believes.

Ato Brown also noted that the project resulted in savings of about 50%.

“Already by December 2019, we plan to save 320 GW per hour of electricity in state-owned enterprises. This will cover a huge number of users. Any energy that is saved can return additional energy to consumers. Not everything is covered, but we have shown that this practice can have a positive effect. Now our task is to launch similar projects in the transport, industrial and other sectors of Kazakhstan, ”the speaker noted. Recall, the project "Improving Energy Efficiency in Kazakhstan" is being implemented with the support of the World Bank and the Ministry of Industry and Infrastructure Development of Kazakhstan.