Kazakhstan focuses on energy saving
Astana, Kazakhstan, Nov.18
By Daniyar Mukhtarov - Trend:
Kazakhstan conducts extensive work on the reformation and modernization of all sectors of the economy with the introduction of innovation, energy-efficient and resource-saving technologies.
The Vice Minister of National Economy Kairbek Uskenbaev made the remarks Nov.18 at the opening of the International Forum Utilities-Expo-2014.
"Sector of Utilities (housing and utilities) consumes more than 40 percent of all thermal energy produced the country and about 22 percent of electric power," said the vice-minister. "Therefore, Kazakhstan makes emphasis on the energy efficiency during the implementation of the program of modernization of housing and utilities."
Compared with the previous heating season, this year apartment owners began to pay less for heat by 30-50 percent and by 18-20 percent less for hot water supply, said Uskenbaev.
The Scientific and Technical Center of utilities, whose experts are engaged in applied research, including the energy efficiency issues started its work last year in Astana. In addition, Fund for development of housing JSC implements an active work to increase the investment attractiveness of the utilities sector. The fund provides 8 billion KZT (KZT 180.87/$1) for the installation of common house heat meters of the apartment buildings.
The construction of similar centers in Almaty and Aktobe comes to its end. Operation of exhibitions and showrooms for courses of advanced training on energy efficiency, research and development centers is planned on their basis.
The VII International Exhibition Utilities - Expo-2014 and the IV International Conference Energy Efficient Housing and innovative construction industry of Kazakhstan is held within the framework of the forum.
This year's forum was attended by more than 100 companies and organizations.