Kazakhstan has adopted a new energy efficiency programme to reduce consumption in the central Asian country.
The Energy Efficiency 2020 programme aims to reduce energy use by 10% every year until 2015 and will cost 1.1 trillion tenge (£4.6 billion).
22 legal acts and 3,000 energy standards have been approved to implement the scheme. The new measures include energy efficiency classes for buildings and household appliances.
Special emphasis is being placed on the industrial sector, which consumes more than 50% of the country’s energy resources. More than 2,000 industrial businesses will have to undergo energy audits before July 2015.
Three energy centres, which will demonstrate and promote energy-saving and energy-efficient technologies, are being built in the cities of Almaty, Aktobe and Astana, the Kazakh capital (pictured).
Prime Minister Serik Akhmetov said: “Energy efficiency stimulates innovative solutions, development of science, transfer of new technologies. All central, local agencies need to intensify efforts to promote energy efficiency, to teach our people, to show them what energy saving gives.”