OSCE supports green economy in Kazakhstan

Brigitte Bach, AIT Head of Center for Energy signs MoU with Energy Ministry

An OSCE-supported international forum on the Green Bridge Partnership Programme (GBPP), a platform for promoting best practices and innovations for a green economy, started on July 12, 2017 in Astana.

The two-day event was organized by the Energy Ministry with support of the OSCE Programme Office and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Kazakhstan for some 100 international and national experts from the state and non-governmental organizations. The forum addressed the opportunities and challenges associated with the implementation of the Paris Climate Agreement and the mobilization of “green” finance.

The morning session concluded with the signing ceremony of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Austrian Institute of Technologies (AIT) and the Energy Ministry aimed to foster co-operation in the area of developing "green" standards and providing training to the national and regional authorities on energy efficiency, energy saving and green construction.

“We perceive the GBPP not only as an efficient tool to promote green economic growth but also as a means of contributing to energy security in the Central Asian region,” noted Diana Digol, Deputy Head of the OSCE Programme Office in Astana. “We are confident that Kazakhstan’s co-operation with the Austrian Institute of Technology will further strengthen its national strategy of moving to a green economy."

 

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Brigitte Bach from AIT signs Memorandum of Understanding with the Minister of Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan.