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Emissions in Kazakhstan continue to grow

Since 2014, the country's emissions exceed the obligations under the Paris Agreement and continue to grow. This was stated by the Minister of Ecology, Geology and Natural Resources of the Republic of Kazakhstan Magzum Mirzagaliyev at a meeting of the Government, the correspondent of MIA Kazinform reports.

Kazakhstan, having ratified the Paris Agreement, accepted a voluntary contribution to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 15% by 2030 from the 1990 level.

The Minister noted that one of the instruments for fulfilling obligations is the transition from the use of coal to renewable energy sources, which leads to a reduction in emissions of pollutants and industrial waste. «For the implementation of renewable energy development plans, as well as other measures aimed at further developing the green economy and fulfilling obligations under the Paris Agreement, it is necessary to define a long-term vision for the low-carbon development of the country. To do this, we are starting to develop a low-carbon development strategy for Kazakhstan until 2050», said Magzum Mirzagaliev. The head of the department added that the strategy will provide for the opportunities and benefits of replacing or reducing the use of coal and gas under various scenarios of economic and energy development. For this work, experts from the German Society for International Cooperation were involved in the framework of a grant project of 4.5 million euros from the German government. «An analysis will be carried out in all sectors of the economy. It is planned to complete this work by the end of 2020. A key aspect of the transition to low-carbon development in Kazakhstan will be the development of renewable and alternative energy sources. The implementation of the Strategy will contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, which will allow fulfilling the conditions of the Paris Agreement by 2030», concluded Magzum Mirzagaliev.