As noted by Olzhas Alibekov, the task of attracting strategic investors to the sphere of energy saving through the internationally recognized mechanism of energy service agreements was set by the Head of State in the 59 Step of the Plan of the Nation "100 Concrete Steps."
One of the mechanisms for achieving this goal is the creation of an Energy Efficiency Map. The Energy Efficiency Map is a single republican list of projects in the field of energy saving and energy efficiency improvement, indicating the sources of financing, schedules and action plans for their implementation.
To date, more than 50 memorandums have been concluded with such companies as:
- Fenice Rus, one of the leading energy service companies in Russia, a member of the largest European electricity supplier EDF Group (Electricité de France);
- CH Lighting Technology Co., a large manufacturer of lighting equipment in China;
- Energy Engineers GmbH (TÜV Nord Group), a large energy service company of East Germany in the sphere of MMC;
- Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd/Marubeni, a Japanese TNC, attracted as a strategic investor to the market of Kazakhstan for the introduction of gas turbine units with the function of cogeneration at thermal power facilities with the implementation of pilot projects in 2018-2019.
To adopt the experience of Germany, a strategic partner, represented by the DENA German energy agency, has been identified. Since 2017, a number of joint projects have been planned with DENA to raise awareness of energy saving in the industrial and municipal sectors.
Also, Olzhas Alibekov noted that a number of joint projects on energy saving are being implemented with ADB, UNDP, the World Bank and other international organizations. As part of a long-term energy efficiency project, the World Bank is planning to launch a pilot information campaign under the brand "Initiative – Energy Efficient Kazakhstan".
"With the World Bank, we are implementing a grant project for $21.7 million, in its framework it is planned to modernize social facilities: schools, hospitals, as well as street lighting. In addition, a number of joint projects on energy saving development are being implemented with ADB, UNDP, the World Bank and other international organizations," Olzhas Alibekov summed up.
In addition, a register of energy service companies was formed.
"To date, this register has about 5 thousand subjects, half of which are required to conduct an energy audit and implement five-year plans. We monitor these plans, they have target indicators for reducing the consumption of energy resources per unit of output," Olzhas Alibekov said.