The purpose of the round table is to empower national partners to integrate green building methods using green technologies.
Within the framework of cooperation between the International Center for Green Technologies and Investment Projects (IGTIC) and the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP), projects are planned to address the problems of urban areas and rapid urbanization in Kazakhstan.
Kazakhstan ranks 12th in the export of crude oil and ranks 15th in the world in terms of coal consumption. Fossil energy consumption is 76% of total energy use. Due to its energy dependence on fossil fuels, the country is facing problems in increasing its production and consumption of energy in urban areas, which accounts for more than fifty percent of its economy.
“Using the potential of energy and water efficiency of buildings in Kazakhstan can lead to energy savings, improved air quality and the preservation of water resources. A green building system with appropriate rating, certification and policy instruments, including subsidies and incentives, can eliminate fuel consumption and trends in greenhouse gas emissions, ”said Head of IGTIC Mr. Rapil Zhoshybayev.
During the round table, the UN Development Program shared how it supports the work on nationalizing SDGs, as well as results and expert views on the development of sustainable cities in the Republic of Kazakhstan.
The participants of the round table offered recommendations on the application of green technologies in green buildings and the introduction of certification of green building (OMIR) in terms of sustainability and market expansion.
According to experts, at the global level, buildings consume 40 % of all energy and 12 % of fresh water, simultaneously generating 40 % of all greenhouse gas emissions. According to the UN agenda for sustainable development until 2030, green growth provides great opportunities for
developing countries, since changing the economic system allows them to step into a new level of development, where they can compete with industrialized countries on an equal level.
We remind you that this year Kazakhstan will present the Voluntary National Review on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on the platform of the High-level UN Political Forum in New York (USA).