Kazakhstan is ready to become a regional center for renewable energy sources development - Alikhan Smailov
Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan Alikhan Smailov addressed the Global Leaders' Summit of the Global Climate Change Conference (COP27) in Egypt. Representatives of more than 120 countries participated in the Climate Summit. Heads of states and governments are delivering “national addresses” presenting their country's view on the most crucial climate change issues.
Alikhan Smailov highlighted that Kazakhstan is firmly and steadfastly committed to the goals and objectives of the Paris Climate Agreement.
“Our country has set an ambitious goal to achieve carbon neutrality by 2060. As part of this goal, we intend to adopt a Low-Carbon Development Strategy by the end of this year. This will be a historic moment: for the first time, a country in Central Asia is adopting such an ambitious document,” said Alikhan Smailov.
He stated that today Kazakhstan has about 3% of green energy in the country's total energy output. Moreover, the country intends to increase its output up to 15% - with 7 GW of additional energy by 2030. Carbon emissions are to be reduced by at least 15% by this year.
“Kazakhstan has the potential to become one of the global centers of green energy. For this reason, we are ready to act as a regional center for renewable energy sources development and, in general, to stimulate the transition of Central Asia to green technologies,” the Prime Minister emphasized.
He added that in this regard, our country would pay special attention to increasing the output and export of green hydrogen.
“I would like to highlight the importance of technological modernization, in particular, the need to introduce knowledge exchange and transfer of “clean” technologies, including as part of the Paris Agreement,” said Alikhan Smailov.
Furthermore, the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan is taking measures to stimulate “green” investments and is ready to offer the Astana International Financial Center as a unique regional investment center for “green” finance.
“We are also making significant efforts within the framework of the new Environmental Code and are implementing the ambitious goal of planting 2 billion trees by 2025,” Alikhan Smailov emphasized.
In conclusion, the Prime Minister stressed the unprecedented scale of the challenges the global community is facing today.
“In this regard, we need bold decisions and fair development models that are sustainable and equitable. Kazakhstan is ready to cooperate with all international partners on a wide range of issues on the climate agenda,” Alikhan Smailov concluded.