Kazakhstan and Germany deepen cooperation in energy efficiency and renewable energies
Parliamentary State Secretary at the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), Katherina Reiche, German Federal Minister of Economics and Technology, Dr. Philipp Rösler, and Kazakhstan's Minister of Industry and Trade, Aset Issekeshev, signed a joint declaration on intensifying the cooperation in energy efficiency and renewable energies on 8 February 2012. The signing took place in Berlin in the frame of the state visit of the Kazakh President, Nursultan Nasarbajew.
After the event Katherina Reiche declared that the BMU intends to support Kazakhstan via joint projects in its efforts for a climate friendly and energy efficient alignment of the Kazakh economy. Project related cooperation in environment and climate protection has been gradually enhanced over the recent years. Thus, the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety supports Kazakhstan in establishing a national system for emission trading. In addition to that consultations on renewable engergies and on incentives to foster energy efficiency investments will be deepened.
The political goal was set by the Kazakh President himself: Kazakhstan aims to become the regional spearhead to boost Green Growth and to intensify the development of energy efficiency and renewable engergies. Kazakhstan is escpecially interested in Germany's know-how in setting the respective administrative ang legal framework and in German environment technologies.Source: http://www.bmu.de/int_umweltpolitik/bilaterale_zusammenarbeit/doc/48328.php