Low-carbon energy: the future is now

September 28, 2016

 National Laboratory Astana hosts “Low-Carbon Energy Future for Kazakhstan” three-day workshop for young scientists of Kazakhstan in the framework of the partnership program "Newton-Al Farabi."

During the opening ceremony Kanat Baigarin, Vice-President for Innovation, Nazarbayev University stressed out, that proposals and achievements of young researchers would help to highlight the problems and prospects of development of alternative energy sources, energy conservation, as well as the principles of the solution of environmental problems in Kazakhstan.

"Kazakhstan is gradually incorporated into the international process to establish new standards and norms of resource conservation. Such expression as a "low-carbon economy" is becoming synonymous of the future of mankind.   To make it an integral part of the economic development of the modern state, to learn how to reduce CO2 emissions,  to implement energy efficient technologies and ensure universal access to sustainable electricity -  these all difficult tasks, on which scientists around the world are working, including here, in the Nazarbayev University,”  - said Kanat Baigarin.

The seminar is attended by 17 young scientists from research centers of the UK, such as Cranfield University, University Aberdeen, University College London, University of Surrey, Newcastle University, De Montfort University, and 23 Kazakstani participants from National Laboratory Astana, Nazarbayev University,  KEGOC company, Atyrau oil and gas University and others.

It is expected that within three days of plenary sessions, researchers from the UK and Kazakhstan,  who won  grants to participate in this workshop,  will discuss their research projects, as well as will begin to work together on key issues related to economic and social development of Kazakhstan.

About the Newton – Al-Farabi Partnership Program. This is is a five-year, £20 million joint program launched in 2014 by the UK Government and the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Each side provides equal funding.

By working together on bi-lateral and multi-lateral programs the UK and Kazakhstan hope to develop existing contacts and build strong, sustainable, systemic relationships in research and innovation. The Newton – Al-Farabi Partnership Program is coordinated by JSC Science Fund, for Kazakhstan, and the British Council, for the UK.