Astana, Kazakhstan, Nov.26
By Daniyar Mukhtarov - Trend:
Kazakhstan needs to continue introduction of mechanisms to encourage energy efficiency, said the director of the Energy Charter Secretariat Steivan Defilla Nov.26, speaking in Astana with the presentation of the "Review of the state energy conservation policy of Kazakhstan" within the framework of the 25th Session of the Conference of the Energy Charter.
"Kazakhstan needs to continue introduction of mechanisms to encourage energy efficiency, taking into account best international experience," he said.
Defilla said that the further development of a sustainable economy is impossible without solving issues of increasing energy efficiency and energy conservation.
He said that Kazakhstan is characterized by extreme continental climate, vast territory, low population density and great distances between settlements.
"The greatest potential for energy saving is in industry, so the authorities of the country needed mechanisms to encourage industrial enterprises to carry out measures to increase energy efficiency," he said.
The head of the Secretariat said that energy standards in Kazakhstan, introduced in 2012, are not applicable to a number of enterprises: specific energy consumption for production of ore in Kazakhstan is unstable (there is a deviation in the range of 5-50 percent), and there is a dependence of energy consumption on the characteristics of energy fields.
"Kazakhstan needs revision or cancellation of standards of energy consumption," said Defilla.
He said that energy saving will make it possible to reduce the energy intensity of GDP of Kazakhstan and to release additional energy resources for export.