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Government considers issues on the further improvement of the energy saving regulation system

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Minister of Investments and Development Zhenis Kassymbek reported on the progress of fulfilling the President’s instructions to reduce the energy intensity of Kazakhstan’s GDP by at least 25% by 2020 and at least twice by 2050 at the Government meeting chaired by Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev.

According to the Ministry of Investments and Development, to date, the task set by the Head of State until 2020 has been fulfilled ahead of schedule. Thus, by the end of 2015, the energy intensity of the country’s GDP has been reduced 28.2% from the 2008 level. The basis of the modern energy saving system was created in 2012-2015. A complete legal framework has been created, the National Development Institute has been determined. A key element of the energy saving system was created based on Japan’s experience – the State Energy Registry (SER). Today it includes more than 5 thousand organizations.

Total energy consumption by SER entities in 2016 was 49 million tonnes of equivalent fuel. This represents 38% of the total energy consumption of the country (taking into account the population) and approximately half of total consumption by legal entities.

Based on the results of the analysis of approved plans, it can be noted that in 2015-2016, over 178 billion tenge were invested in energy saving by SER entities. Before the end of 2020, it is planned to invest another 200 billion tenge.

“In order to increase the responsibility of local executive bodies for the implementation of energy conservation policies, we consider it appropriate to include the relevant criteria in the System for the annual assessment of the effectiveness of central government and local executive bodies approved by Presidential Decree No. 954 of March 19, 2010, � Zh. Kassymbek said.

In order to stimulate energy saving, the work on developing the market for energy services is being carried out as part of implementing the 59th Step of the Plan of the Nation. Within the framework of IIDSP, a number of projects were implemented to produce heat-insulating materials, energy-saving lamps, energy-efficient electrical equipment, etc.

In the medium term, the department faces two large blocks of tasks. Firstly, it is the expansion of the mechanisms for stimulating energy conservation. Secondly, it is the improvement of the system of state regulation in the field of energy conservation, which provides for expanding the role and responsibility of local executive bodies for the implementation of regional energy conservation policies; the improvement of the effectiveness of state control.

In general, the implementation of above mentioned tasks will give a serious impetus to the introduction of energy-saving technologies and economic modernization, and as a result, will contribute to our country’s entry into the 30 developed countries of the world, � Zh. Kassymbek concluded.

Akim of Atyrau region Nurlan Nogayev and Akim of Aktobe region Berdybek Saparbayev also addressed the meeting.

Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev instructed the Ministry of Investments and Development, in together with the Ministries of Energy, Agriculture, to work out the issues related to setting energy consumption standards for the production of a product unit in order to achieve the set goals in the field of energy efficiency.

Also, it is entrusted to work out the issue of annual reduction of energy intensity for each individual enterprise. In addition, the Ministry of National Economy, together with the Ministry of Investments and Development, was instructed to include criteria for implementing energy saving policies in the system for assessing the effectiveness of central and local executive bodies.

Source: Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan

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