7th EU-Kazakhstan High-Level Business Platform focused on transition to low carbon and green technologies
The event brought together representatives of business and EU Heads of Mission led by the Ambassador of the EU to Kazakhstan, Sven-Olov Carlsson. Visiting EU Special Representative for Central Asia Ambassador Peter Burian joined the event.
The High-level Business Platform complements the technical dialogue between the EU and Kazakhstan within the Enhanced Partnership and Cooperation Agreement, in particular the Cooperation Committee in Trade Configuration, which took place in October 2020.
The EU has committed to climate neutrality by 2050 and is fully translating the implementation of the Paris Agreement into legislation. Ambitious targets and decisive actions demonstrate that the EU is and will remain to be a global leader in the transition to a green economy.
"In December 2020, at the UN-sponsored Climate Ambition Summit, President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev announced Kazakhstan's goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2060. We are making consistent efforts to increase the share of renewable energy sources in total energy production. So, as of 2020, this figure was 3 percent, and in 2022 it is planned to double it to 6 percent. By 2030, the share of green energy in Kazakhstan's energy sector will be brought to 15 percent," said Kazakh PM Mamin.
The climate challenge is inherently global; the EU is only responsible for approximately 10 percent of all global Greenhouse Gas emissions. The EU expects its partners to share a comparable level of ambition to fight climate change and is ready to deepen cooperation with Kazakhstan in this area, including exploring new opportunities for trade and investment.
The recent EU-Kazakhstan Cooperation Council welcomed the progress made in the framework of the Business Platform chaired by Prime Minister Askar Mamin.