The Donors Roundtable dedicated to Taraz City was successfully held in Astana on the 8th October 2013, hosted by the VIII KAZENERGY Forum. The event’s debates culminated with the signature by the Mayor of Taraz of the Covenant of Mayor.
Soon after, the Ambassador Aurelia Bouchez, Head of the EU Delegation to Kazakhstan, officialised the Ceremony by the EU awarded official certificates to the Akims of Taraz, Satpaev, Petropavlovsk and Lisakovsk, all recently joined the Covenant of Mayors.
High level speakers opened the roundtable discussion, including Ambassador Urban Rusnák, Energy Charter Secretary General, Ambassador Mr. Stephen Tull, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Kazakhstan. The Round table was an effective opportunity for all the participants and especially for mayors and experts from Kazakhstan municipal administrations to interact with high level members of the European institutions, donors and IFIs, including EU Delegation in Kazakhstan, World Bank, USAID, UNDP, ADB and EBRD.
Donors Roundtable: Towards sustainable energy cities
Moderator - Steivan Defilla, Director, Energy Charter Secretariat
08:30 – 08:50 - Official opening of the meeting
08:50– 09:20 - The Covenant of Mayors as subject of common interest of cities in Kazakhstan
09:20 – 10:00 – Panel Discussion: Financing sustainable energy; experience and lessons of implementing this policy in Kazakhstan and other countries.
Participants: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development; UNDP office of Kazakhstan; Regional Environmental Center for Central Asia; U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID); World Bank; Asian Development Bank.
10:20 – 10:15 – Taraz city Signature Ceremony to the Covenant of Mayors.
Participants: Bekbolat Orinbekov, Akim of Taraz; Almaz Zakiryanov, Deputy Akim of Lisakovsk; Anuar Omar, Akim of Satpaev; Tulegen Zakaryanov, Akim of Petropavlovsk.
10:15 – 10:30 – Signature of Memorandum of Understanding between Kazenergy Association and Energy Charter Secretary.
Participants: Jambulat Sarsenov, Deputy Chairman «KAZENERGY» Association; Urban Rusnák, Ambassador, Energy Charter Secretary General.
End of the roundtable
Taraz is the capital of Zhambilski oblast (Southern Kazakhstan). The city is located at the junction of Talas River and Turkestan Railway and has the population of about 380.000. Taraz has large phosphate-processing works, a large power station, sugar, leather and footwear factories and wool-washing plant.
Since the country is rich in fuel resources, the electricity prices are low and affordable, and the Taraz city and Zhambilski oblast started developing energy infrastructures; nevertheless, they still suffer lack of electricity and shortage of energy supply. According to the Statistical Office, in 2011 the emissions in the city of Taraz amounted to 12,180.467 tons and comprised 6453.218 tons of solid and 5727.249 tons of gaseous and liquid emissions, including 789.656 tons of carbon monoxide.
The involvement in the DACO project was considered an effective tool to help in reducing peaks and lack of energy, ensuring a steadier supply, and to raise awareness concerning new issues of multilevel governance and energy efficiency.
Anyway, Kazakhstan’s juridical framework already regulated topics as energy saving and RES in the following documents:
Please, click here to have complete information about the whole set of rules in force in Kazakhstan.