IEA Global Energy Policy chief addresses Kazakhstani energy issues

12 October 2012

Ulrich Benterbusch, head of the IEA Office of Global Energy Policy, addressing the VII KAZENERGY Eurasian Forum in Astana, Kazakstan. Photo by KAZENERGY, all rights reserved.

The International Energy Agency is assisting Kazakhstan’s drive for greater energy efficiency and projecting significant growth in oil exports from the country, which the IEA  sees becoming the number-four contributor to increased global oil output.

Ulrich Benterbusch, head of the IEA Office of Global Energy Policy, delivered the news to the VII KAZENERGY Eurasian Forum in Astana, Kazakhstan, in early October. He singled out the Kazakh Green Bridge Initiative as a potential model for regional development in sustainable energy. In particular, he welcomed the new Wind Power Development Programme, which sets a 4% target for wind power by 2020, and noted the five-year Plan for Energy Efficiency to cut national energy consumption by 10% in 2015 from 2008 levels.

He also highlighted increasing energy production in the country. “In our long-term scenarios, we expect total Kazakhstani oil exports to more than double by 2035,” he told the gathering on 2 October. He added, “Kazakhstan is set to become the fourth-largest contributor to global oil-production growth” in the first half of this century.

He also delivered the headline message from the IEA flagship technology publication Energy Technology Perspectives 2012. “We can turn affordable clean energy from aspiration into reality by tapping technology’s full potential,” he said, but warned that “the bad news is that the world is failing to tap technology’s potential to create a clean energy future”.

Mr. Benterbusch appeared at the leading Kazakh energy forum with Prime Minister Serik Akhmetov of Kazakhstan, former Prime Minister José María Aznar of Spain and World Petroleum Council President Renato T. Bertani, among others.