Kazakhstan, Portugal to strengthen coop in environmental protection and sustainable development
Ambassador of Kazakhstan to Portugal Daulet Batrashev met with Portuguese Minister of Environment João Matos Fernandes in Lisbon, Strategy2050.kz reports with reference to the Kazakh Foreign Ministry’s press service.
During the conversation, Kazakhstan and Portugal discussed the prospects for development of interaction and exchange of experience between the two countries in the sphere of environmental protection, green technologies and the fight against climate change, both bilaterally and multilaterally.
The Kazakhstani diplomat informed about the measures taken by the leadership of Kazakhstan to introduce the "green development" concept and low-carbon economic growth, focusing on the holding of the "EXPO-2017" exhibition, the activities of the International Center for Green Technologies and investment projects, the consistent implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals and Kazakhstan’s "Green Bridge" initiative.
It was noted that the sides have technologies, experience and ideas that could be mutually beneficial to improve the environmental situation and fulfill international obligations in the field of climate. In this regard, the interlocutors expressed their readiness to continue an active dialogue on environmental protection.
As a result of the meeting, the sides reached an agreement on cooperation in establishing contacts for the exchange of experience between the Center and the Portuguese research institute INESC TEC, as well as regular meetings between the leaders of the industry departments of the two countries.
Portugal is one of the international leaders in green technology. Currently, 56% of the energy consumed in Portugal is generated from renewable sources. By 2030, it is planned to bring this indicator to 80%.
INESC TEC conducts research in the field of renewable energy, information technology and artificial intelligence, and is one of the largest research institutes in Portugal. It consists of 13 research centers, which employs more than 700 researchers.