Energy experts from the public and private sectors in the Caspian region attended a three-day meeting in Astana, Kazakhstan, from 3 to 5 July.
11 July 2012
The event, which was organised by the International Energy Agency (IEA), combined high-level energy policy dialogue; the regional launch of the Energy Technology Perspectives (ETP) 2012 publication; training and capacity development; and a side workshop on energy efficiency indicators (which show policy makers where energy savings can be made).
The participants – from Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan – specifically discussed current and emerging energy technology initiatives as well as best practices in the fields of renewable energy and energy efficiency; a way of managing and restraining the growth in energy.
Discussions at the meeting also focused on the important role of sharing knowledge in order to achieve sustainable energy development goals. Participants examined and discussed national and regional technology initiatives, including the Inter-Regional “Green Bridge” Partnership Program, which is Kazakhstan’s proposal to the United Nations for developing a roadmap which outlines a pathway for technology transfers throughout the region.
IEA experts outlined effective ways of designing, implementing and evaluating energy efficiency policies; and explained the different measures required for achieving optimal results. In addition, the IEA’s training also focused on outlining state-of-the-art renewable energy technologies, such as solar hot water heaters, and assessing their cost-effectiveness and the potential for large-scale deployment.
“The IEA acknowledges the increasing role of the Caspian region, and in particular Kazakhstan, in the global energy markets and stands ready to share its energy policy experience with countries in the region,” said the IEA’s Deputy Executive Director, Ambassador Richard Jones, speaking on the opening day of the event on 3 July.
Ambassador Jones discussed potential for collaboration in the field of sustainable energy with Mr Yerzhan Kazykhanov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan, and with Mr Kanabek Safinov, Executive Secretary of the Ministry of Oil and Gas of Kazakhstan.
The IEA’s Deputy Executive Director also launched the ETP 2012 publication at the Centre for Energy Research, Nazarbayev University. ETP 2012 is the IEA’s most ambitious publication on new developments in energy technology. It demonstrates how technologies – from electric vehicles to smart grids – can make a decisive difference in achieving the objective of limiting the global temperature rise to 2°C and enhancing energy security.