On May 22-23, 2013 world leaders, politicians, experts and energy scholars met in Kazakhstan’s capital to discuss topical social, economic and financial issues and seek joint solutions.
This year, two panel sessions on the complex issues related to alternative energy were organised in the framework of VI Astana Economic Forum (AEF). The event is organised by the JSC “National Company Astana EXPO-2017”, KAZENERGY Association and “Eurasian Economic Club of Scientists” Association.
The following experts were invited to participate at the EXPO-2017 session: Mr. Nurlan Kapparov, Minister of Environment of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Chairman of a Board Directors of the JSC “NC Astana EXPO-2017”, Dr. Siddharth Saxena, Chairperson of the Cambridge Central Asia Forum, Director of the Cambridge Kazakhstan Centre and Honorary Secretary of the Committee for Central and Inner Asia; Mr. Aset Magauov, CEO, KAZENERGY Association.
The moderator of the session was Dr. Jeffrey Ball, Center for Energy Policy and Finance of the Stanford University.
The session provided a platform for interactive discussion and dialogue.
During the debates participants discussed challenges and opportunities arising from a transition towards a sustainable energy future, availability of infrastructure for a Third Industrial Revolution, environmental aspects of renewable energy sources, particularly effects on human beings and society. Transition towards a green economy was discussed as well.
Addressing the participants, Mr. Talgat Yermegiyayev, CEO of the JSC “NC Astana EXPO-2017” outlined that “Future Energy discussion is relevant for Kazakhstan”. He said that “We are discussing the prospects and challenges of alternative energy within the Astana Economic Forum not for the first time. Future Energy is becoming more attractive for both Kazakhstan and international community”.
“Future of Energy is the future of our Universe. How we eat or how we breath, how we live or work are all intrinsically linked to how we consume energy. So the future of energy is not only dependent on finding new or renewable resources of energy, but also on how we choose to live our lives as individuals and communities. Due to the uniqueness Kazakhstan offers as a combination of a sustainability minded nomadic heritage, vast energy resources and agriculture hub it is best positioned to provide some of the most innovative solutions to world energy problems at the upcoming and well deserved Astana Expo 2017”- anticipating the outcome said Dr. Saxena, one of the speakers.