Sectoral energy efficiency plan for housing and utilities sector to be developed in Kazakhstan


Sectoral energy efficiency plan for housing and utilities sector to be developed in KazakhstanThe Complex Plan on energy efficiency that has been approved by the Government of Kazakhstan includes 47 activities. 10 of them are directly connected with energy saving in the housing and utilities sphere, the press service of Centre for the Development and Modernization of Housing and Utilities (KazCentre) reports.

Currently, the Agency for Construction, Housing and Utilities works on development of draft legal and normative documents that will include new requirements for materials, equipment, methods and be aimed at energy conservation in the sector.

Sectoral energy efficiency plan for the housing and utilities sphere is expected to be developed within the Complex Plan on energy efficiency. Houses and social and cultural facilities will be inspected to in order to continue the thermal modernization within the Housing and Utilities Modernization Program till 2020.  As a result of these measures, the criteria of energy efficiency and thermal modernization of public organizations will be developed, the press service of the KazCenter reports.

Besides, 25 specialists-energy auditors undertake training presently. The training is conducted on north European ENSI program that is adjusted to Kazakhstani climate conditions.

One of the key tasks is construction of three Centers of energy conservation in Astana, Almaty and Aktobe. These Centers will be equipped with advanced energy efficient and energy saving equipment, energy and resources saving technologies will be introduced there, according to Kazakh Prime Minister’s website

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Legal framework for attraction of investments to housing and utilities sector formed


The Complex Plan on energy efficiency places special emphasis on the housing and utilities sector, Alexander Belyi, Manager of the UNDP-GEF project said in an exclusive interview for site.

“The housing and utilities sector has unused potential for energy efficiency and energy conservation. Therefore, it is necessary to regulate the supply of heat energy to the buildings depending on the actual weather,” A.Belyi said.

The Plan also provides for attraction of private investments to modernization of houses, in particular, to thermal modernization, installation of metering devices, automated heating units. The decision regarding development of a special legal framework for introduction of this model in Kazakhstan was made.

“Jointly with the Ministry of Industry and New Technologies we will work on the formation of a legal basis for investments development. Besides, a number of trainings will be organized in March this year in order to prepare the investment companies in the housing and utilities sector,” A.Belyi added.

He gave examples of several pilot projects on regulation that allowed to reduce the energy consumption to 20-25%, payments – to 20-30% and prevent greenhouse gas emissions by 50-70 tons per one house during the heating season.

Besides, A.Belyi said that heat energy saving made 20-25% during the recent months.

The key task today is to ensure investment attractiveness of the housing and utilities sector. Therefore, the work on development of investment mechanisms necessary for increase of energy efficiency is currently conducted.

Due to implementation of the Complex Plan the energy efficiency is planned to be increased by 10% by 2015 and 20% by 2025.