On May 25-26, 2023, the 2nd International Business Festival on Renewable Energy Sources (RES), Qazaq Green Fest, was held in the theme of "Energy Security of Kazakhstan: Low-carbon Transition."
The festival was attended by over 300 delegates from various sectors including government organizations, integrators, banks, equipment manufacturers, professional associations from Kazakhstan, the United States, the United Kingdom, Italy, France, Germany, China, Japan, Uzbekistan, Russia, and representatives from companies such as "MEK-Astana," "NC KazMunayGas," ENI, Shell, KPO, NCOC, Air Liquide, Chevron, Tengizchevroil, Sany, Longi, Huawei, and many others.
During the Qazaq Green Fest sessions, relevant issues of energy transition for the Republic of Kazakhstan were discussed, including ensuring energy security, state policies in the RES sector, strategic vision for the development of the power industry in the country, accessible financing for RES projects, and the development of carbon markets.
At the festival, the launch of the first voluntary carbon certificate in Kazakhstan, the Qazaq Green Certificate, was announced. The main purpose of this tool is to provide companies with the opportunity to confirm the reduction of their carbon footprint at a corporate level. The certificate was developed by the Qazaq Green RES Association in collaboration with the Caspian Commodity Exchange JSC.
Interesting discussions took place where representatives of green and traditional energy sectors exchanged arguments. It was highly engaging to hear the perspectives of both sides and the challenges of developing renewable energy sources in our country. One thing both sides agreed on is that the success of green energy development in Kazakhstan depends on finding the right balance between the well-being of the Kazakhstani population, the country's international commitments, environmental aspects, and the development and modernization of the existing heating and energy infrastructure.
For many years, "MEK-Astana" has been constructing photovoltaic stations ranging from 30 kW to 2 MW (some of our projects can be found here), which is why our colleagues were interested in attending the festival to learn about the achievements, challenges, and trends in the world of RES, which is becoming increasingly active, persistent, extensive, and encroaching on the territory of traditional energy, both literally and figuratively, claiming its place in the sun.
For more information, you can visit the Qazaq Green informational internet portal and the Qazaq Green RES Association page on Facebook.