Kazakhstan is an upper middle-income country whose economic growth has largely depended on exploitation of fossil fuels since independence. However, climate change, environmental degradation and waste pollution present significant threats. Kazakhstan is one of the biggest emitters of CO2 in the world in terms of emissions per capita. At the same time, it is also flood-prone, exposed to extreme temperatures and impacted by glacier-melting droughts. Kazakhstan joined PAGE in 2018 and is now a Continuing Country.
PAGE work in Kazakhstan is aiming to contribute to the following SDGs: SDG 3 (Good Health and Well-Being), SDG 13 (Climate Action) and SDG 7 (Affordable and Clean Energy) – through a focus on waste management and related energy and emission related challenges and opportunities; SDG 9 (Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure), SDG 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth), SDG 12 (Responsible Production and Consumption), and SDG 15 (Life on Land) – through a focus on BATs.
PAGE completed a Green Economy Learning Needs assessment for representatives of local and national governments as a part of a larger collaboration with the Academy of Public Administration (APA).
PAGE modelled and analysed the impacts of reforming fossil fuel subsidies on the economy, environment, and society for the Ministry of National Economy.
The new Kazakhstan Environmental Code, adopted on 2 January and entered into force on 1 July 2021, envisages a rapid reform of the main environmental regulatory framework in line with international standards that can open broad opportunities for green growth in the country.
Stakeholder discussion held on policy vision for waste chapter in Low Carbon Development Concept
Kick-off meeting held with Pavlodar region on utilizing emission payments to promote green SMEs
Low Carbon Development Concept stakeholder consultations held for waste sector
Kick-off meeting held with expert team and MEGNR Resources for development of National Programme of Waste Management
Environmental Permissions working-level consultations held
Introductory online workshop conducted on Sustainable Public Procurement
Fiscal policy analysis stakeholder consultations held on energy and housing and public utilities (HPU)
Consultations held on legal and regulatory mechanisms to support the implementation of the revised Environmental Code
Inception mission, including meetings with ministries, private sector and civil society
Validation workshop held for green economy stocktaking report and framework
Inaugural meeting of national steering committee
First PAGE workplan finalized
Kazakhstan joins PAGE