Kazakhstan has set ambitious goals to transform to a green economy by 2050. To help meet these targets, the country adopted national energy efficiency requirements in 2012, and launched a greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions trading system in 2013. Kazakhstan, currently an energy-intensive petro-based economy, needs energy and climate experts that can both comply with these laws and lead this transition to a green economy.

Tetra Tech is working to bridge the gap between national ambition and local expertise that can transform Kazakhstan’s economy. Our team is helping the government implement its GHG and energy efficiency programs, and helping the business community to better manage their energy and GHG emissions. Tetra Tech is also building professional training programs for climate and energy experts.

We are glad that we have partners who can deliver independent and updated information. For us, it means a lot to have a third party who is helping to develop the emissions trading system in Kazakhstan.

Danira Baigunakova, Head of the Emissions Trading System Department in Kazakhstan at Zhasyl Damu

Since its launch in October 2013, the U.S. Agency for International Development Kazakhstan Climate Change Mitigation Program (KCCMP) has focused on providing extensive training on GHG management and energy efficiency for government officials, Kazakhstan’s largest energy-users and GHG emitters, and professors and students in technical and public policy programs. We have provided foundational skills on energy management and energy auditing, as well as on GHG emissions calculations and verification. In parallel, we have also trained policymakers on regulatory program design and implementation, as well as business executives on organizational leadership and change management. 

The program is also developing networks and institutions that will provide professional development in perpetuity. We have launched:

  • The first chapter in Kazakhstan of the global Association of Energy Engineers, which will provide internationally-recognized professional certification in energy management and auditing
  • Industrial Assessment Centers, in partnership with leading technical universities in Karaganda and Pavlodar, which provide practical training for industrial energy audits jointly implemented by students, professors, and professional auditors
  • A Climate Leadership Forum, for business community leaders to share their activities and dialogue on GHG management in Kazakhstan
  • A GHG Verifiers Forum for the exchange of key updates between the Emissions Trading System (ETS) Administrators and the accredited professionals who verify emissions performance under the trading program

KCCMP is advising the Ministry of Energy on development of Intended Nationally Determined Contributions, a major component of Kazakhstan’s commitments toward the 2015 comprehensive agreement on climate change in Paris, and assisting with development of the GHG allowance allocation system for 2016–2020 based on benchmarking. Both areas of support are critical for steering the Kazakhstan economy towards a low emission development pathway.

As part of Devex’s Planet Worth Campaign, Tetra Tech’s Robyn Camp, carbon market specialist, discussed Kazakhstan’s goal of transitioning to a greener economy. View the full interview here.