Government • 20 December, 2018

B. Sagintayev holds a meeting of Council on Transition to Green Economy under the President of Kazakhstan

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Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev chaired a regular meeting of the Council on the Transition to Green Economy under the President of Kazakhstan in Ukimet Uyi, reports

The implementation of the Action Plan of the Concept for the Transition of Kazakhstan to a Green Economy for 2013–2020 was considered and the schedule of the Council’s work for 2019 was approved at the meeting.

The Minister of Energy Kanat Bozumbayev reported on the measures taken to further improve the environmental situation and ensure a quality transition to a green economy. The discussion was attended by the head of the International Center for Green Technologies and Investment Projects Naryn Zhoshybayev, Chairman of the National Chamber of Entrepreneurs of Kazakhstan Ablay Myrzakhmetov, Executive Director of the Kazakhstan Association of Waste Management KazWaste Vera Mustafina, Director of the Scientific and Educational Center Green Academy Bakhyt Yesekina, Chairman of the Board of the Coalition for a Green Economy and the Development of G-Global Saltanat Rakhimbekova, Chairman of the Association of Environmental Organizations of Kazakhstan Aigul Solovyova.

In addition, the meeting was attended by the Assistant to the President Yerulan Zhamaubayev, ministers, regional akims via videoconferencing, as well as heads of international and domestic non-governmental organizations, among them the Director of the UN Environment Program in Central Asia Olzhas Atymtayev, UNDP Deputy Resident Representative in Kazakhstan Vitalie Vremis, Director of the Department for Sustainable Development and Urbanization of UNDP in Kazakhstan Ramazan Zhampiissov.

The main documents defining the current state policy in the field of air protection are the Environmental Code of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Concept on the transition of the Republic of Kazakhstan to a Green Economy. The government is actively working to implement the paragraphs of the National Plan for fulfilling the Head of State’s Address to the people of Kazakhstan, announced Oct. 5, 2018.

One of the innovations of the new Environmental Code being developed will be the transition to the principles of best available technologies, according to which plant operators will have to implement preventive measures to reduce emissions into the atmosphere by improving technological processes in order to reduce the negative impact on the environment.

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