2nd International Forum of Energy Auditors and Energy Managers
On 31 March 2017, the conference-hall of “Zhumbaktas” hotel hosted the 2nd International Forum of Energy Auditors and Energy Managers organized by the Association of Legal Entities “Kazakhstani Association of Energy Auditors.” The Forum was attended by the representatives of USAID Kazakhstan Climate Change Mitigation Program (USAID KCCMP) – Alexey Sankovsky, Chief of Party, Sergey Maslov, Energy Audit Expert, and Makpal Abduldinova, Junior Specialist.
As is known, in 2015 Kazakhstan has adopted the National Plan “100 concrete steps” to implement the five institutional reforms of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev. Step 59 is the “Involvement of strategic investors in the sphere of energy saving through the internationally recognized mechanism of energy service agreements.”
In this connection, the Forum aimed to discuss the possibilities of implementing energy saving projects through the mechanisms of energy service agreements and public-private partnership, and the introduction of self-regulation in the Republic of Kazakhstan.
The discussion involved the representatives of the state (the Ministry for Investments and Development), the Institute of Electric Power and Energy Saving JSC, USAID KCCMP, and the business community of Kazakhstan.
The discussion developed in the following areas:
- International experience of energy management and energy monitoring projects
- Introduction of self-regulation and transfer of regulatory functions to SROs
- Implementation of energy saving projects through the mechanism of public-private partnership, barriers and solutions
Besides, the Forum included the Round table on discussing changes to the Order of the Minister for Investments and Development of the RK №400 dated March 31, 2015 “On approval of the Rules for Energy Audit.”
Climate Leadership Forum
On February 24, the conference-hall of Hilton Garden Inn Hotel, Astana hosted the regular session of the Climate Leadership Forum (hereinafter – CLF) on the topic «Proposed changes and recommendations».
As is known, several amendments to the Environmental Code adopted throughout 2016 were aimed to update the legislation in the sphere of emissions trading system. Currently, the Ministry of Energy works on the update of the legal framework including Governmental Decrees and Ministry Orders. The Forum was aimed to discuss the proposed changes to the legislation in the sphere of emissions trading system and to prepare the recommendations on such changes.
The conference raised the following issues:
- Allocation of quotas (from historical approach to benchmarking)
- Eligibility and registration of internal projects
- Verification and Accreditation
- Rules of trading quotas on greenhouse gas emissions and carbon credits
CLF was attended by the Forum members, representatives of international organizations, as well as the partners of USAID KCCMP representing the industrial, energy and oil and gas sectors of Kazakhstan.
The conference made recommendations to the Ministry of Energy for updates in the legislation in the sphere of emissions trading system
On 21 February 2017, USAID KCCMP conducted regular meeting of the Forum of verifiers in the conference-hall of «Etalon Centre» building at the platform of the “National Centre for Accreditation” LLP.
The Forum was aimed to consolidate verifiers, administrators of GHG verification program and the accreditation body to:
- Discuss the changes in the Republic of Kazakhstan legislation with respect to the requirements for reporting, verification and accreditation for 2017;
- Ensure interoperability between the authorized body and the verifiers;
- Discuss single approaches to the reporting forms and the conclusions on verification
The Forum program has provided authorized speakers the opportunity to present their reports on updated requirements for accreditation in 2017. Thus, Tatyana Strelkova, Head of the Assessment Department of the products and services certification bodies of the Office for Compliance of the “National Centre for Accreditation” has presented the review of the process and requirements for accreditation in 2017. Dauren Dosymbek, World Bank Project Analyst, has provided information on the project of the Ministry of Energy of the RK and the World Bank on the development of electronic platform for reporting GHG emissions and support of the relevant institutional and legal databases in Kazakhstan.
The discussion on the presented issues has highlighted the future steps for accreditation process and provided recommendations on single approaches to the reporting forms and the conclusions on verification
The Forum was attended by verifiers, the representatives of the National Centre for Accreditation, KazInst and “Zhasyl Damu” JSC.
Practical training for verifiers and experts in GHG regulation in Kazakhstan
On 13 -17 February 2017, USAID Kazakhstan Climate Change Mitigation Program (KCCMP) together with EnEco Solutions LLP have conducted a five-day practical training for verifiers and experts in GHG regulation in Kazakhstan in Karaganda State Technical University, the city of Karaganda
This training was developed and presented by EnEco Solutions LLP experts in accordance with ISO 14064-3 standards and reporting requirements for GHG inventory and verification in the Republic of Kazakhstan.
The training included the overview of of ISO standards 14065 and 14064-3, the study of the verification process, and the visit to а Karcement JSC facilities for a case-study on evaluation directly at the enterprise.
The training was attended by verifiers, energy auditors and the representatives of the National Accreditation Center, ArselorMittal JSC and Karcement JSC.
During the training, the participants received both practical skills in verification and theoretical knowledge.