As British kids pack their school bags for the start of another year, it’s lessons of a different kind for a school in Kazakhstan’s capital Astana.
School No. 25 in Astana’s Old Town has been revamped to demonstrate the benefits of energy efficiency measures in public buildings.
First mooted in 2011, the finished pilot project was paid for with a €160,000 (£128k) grant from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).
Around 1,000 students are taught languages such as Russian and Kazakh at the school and with temperatures often dropping below -30 °C, some of the school’s facilities were in “urgent need of modernisation” according to the bank.
Janet Heckman, EBRD Director for Kazakhstan said: “In addition to offsetting carbon emissions, we wanted to demonstrate that investment in energy efficiency is not just good for the environment, but makes good financial sense. The school will save a lot of money on its energy bills – not to mention warmer, more comfortable rooms for the students.”
The project was completed with the Kazakhstan Electricity Grid Operating Company (KEGOC).