Venue: Almaty region.

Municipal Institution "Secondary School No. 3" Kapshagay;

SOPE Kindergarten "Akbota" Iliynsky district, Bayserke village;

Municipal Institution "Zhanatalap secondary school with a preschool mini-center with an elementary school Umtyl" SE "Education Department of Karataldistrict", Karatal district, Zhanatalap village

World Bank's representatives in Kazakhstan and the Ministry of Industry and Infrastructure Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan, jointly with the Akims of Almaty region officially presented three educational institutions modernized in order to improve energy efficiency. Now more than 1.500 children and the staff of these public facilities will study in comfortable rooms with improved heating, water supply and lighting.

Today, the roof repair have been carried out at these facilities, temperature-controlled heating systems and automatic heating units have been installed, windows, doors and lighting systems have been replaced, insulation of facade joints has been replaced, and taps are replaced with sensor mixers within the framework of the “ENHANCING ENERGY EFFICIENCY IN KAZAKHSTAN” project.

“High energy intensity leads to significant costs for the country in terms of economic competitiveness, public health and environment. Through this project, we aim to demonstrate how cost-effective modernization can help municipalities to improve air quality reducing carbon emissions, and also significantly save budgets by reducing electricity costs", - noted Ato Braun, Permanent Representative of the World Bank in Kazakhstan.

During two years of the “Improving Energy Efficiency in Kazakhstan” project implementation, 44 public facilities (kindergartens, schools and hospitals) have been selected throughout Kazakhstan. The project aims to improve energy efficiency in public and social institutions and create an enabling environment for sustainable financing of energy efficiency.

Each year, the Management Committee consisting of representatives from the ministries of health, education, and the national economy selects the most energy-intensive facilities proposed for modernization by municipalities. In support of the Government’s efforts to attract strategic investors in the energy efficiency sector, the next round was recently announced, which includes applications under the PPP-ESCO pilot scheme (energy service companies).

The energy efficiency project in Kazakhstan is being implemented with grant funds from the Government of Switzerland and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation in the amount of US $ 21.76 million, channeled through the Trust Fund administered by the World Bank. Co-financing from participating institutions, utilities and municipalities is US $ 1.3 million.

The four-year project (2015-2019) is being implemented by JSC "Institute for the Development of Electric Power Industry and Energy Saving”KazakhEnergoExpertiza under the Ministry of Industry and Infrastructure Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan.