Kazakhstan government is developing energy efficiency program

23 августа 2011, 11:14
Photo courtesy of mk.ru
Photo courtesy of mk.ru
The Government of Kazakhstan is developing an energy efficiency program, Tengrinews.kz reports citing Minister of Industry and New Technologies Asset Issekeshev as saying at the Government meeting on August 22. The plan is to decrease energy content of GDP by at least 10 percent by the end of 2014.

The main sectors that the program will be applied to have already been defined. First of all, it is the industry consuming 70 percent of the country’s energy. Another sector is housing and utilities infrastructure that consumes up to 20 percent of energy. State sector consumes the remaining 10% of energy.

Asset Issekeshev spoke about ways to achieve the goals: “Implementation of energy management of companies, tax motivation, energy efficiency standards for power engines, energy effective construction rules, gradual implementation of the ban on sales and production of incandescent light bulbs, creation of state energy registrar and many other methods,” the Minister said.

These regulations are provided in the draft of Energy Saving Law. Ministry of Industry and New Technologies is planning to submit it to the Government for review next week. Issekeshev expressed hope that the law will be adopted by the end of the year.

According to the Ministry’s plan, the efforts in the industry sector will focus on 15 biggest companies that consume 30 percent of the country’s energy. “If we ensure a 15-percent decrease of their total energy consumption, we will save 4 billion kilowatt-hours,” Issekeshev said.

Energy-saving measures in housing and utilities infrastructure (2,230 state buildings, 5,000 residential houses) are expected to save 1.3 billion kilowatt-hours. “Implementation of all the measures will allow saving over 100 billion tenge ($680.3 million) by saving 9.5 billion kilowatt-hours of energy, 8 million gigacalories of thermal energy and 9 million tons of coal.”

The Ministry is counting on full-scale launch of the reform next year and has asked to develop similar programs locally, in the regions, and at the level of state authorities with large state assets.

By Maksim Popov

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