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EU-Kazakhstan aim to cooperate on renewable energy

EU-Kazakhstan aim to cooperate on renewable energy

The Kazakh government and the EU celebrated the first anniversary of their Enhanced Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (EPCA), which entered into force on March 1, 2020. The two sides continue to intensify the cooperation on renewable energy projects.

The former Soviet republic, Kazakhstan, is looking to diversify its economy and develop new industries while also promoting environmental protection and a green energy field. The EU welcomed the Kazakh green agenda during a May 10 meeting in Brussels, opening up possibilities for new cooperation opportunities.

Deputy Prime Minister Mukhtar Tileuberdi participates in the 18th meeting of the EU-Kazakhstan Cooperation Council in Brussels. The next high-profile meeting will be a June 3 climate conference in Nur-Sultan, a Kazakh capital city.

Kazakhstan to become climate neutral by 2060 but achieving this objective will not be easy, President said. “In this regard, we expressed our interest in finding new areas for cooperation under the Paris agreement and the European Green Deal,” Tileuberdi echoed.

The two sides agreed on the importance to monitor what new initiatives, if any, are discussed in the June 3 EU-Kazakhstan conference, The Diplomat reported. It is worth noting that the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is already teaming up with Kazakhstan to support renewable industries.