The EU welcomes Kazakhstan’s Intended Nationally Determined Contribution submitted ahead of Climate Conference in Paris - COP21 (12/10/2015)

ASTANA – The European Union Delegation to Kazakhstan and the Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan, together with the OSCE Programme office in Astana and the research and education centre “Green Academy” held the round table dedicated to the presentation of Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) of Kazakhstan ahead of the Paris Climate Conference – COP 21. The opening speeches were delivered by the Minister of Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan Vladimir Shkolnik, the Head of the European Union Delegation to Kazakhstan, Ambassador Traian Hristea, the Head of the OSCE Programme office in Astana, Ambassador NatalyaZarudna.

At his opening remarks, Ambassador Mr Traian Hristea, underlined: “We meet today, just 49 days before the Paris Climate Conference, where we expect a new global climate agreement to be concluded. We are observing growing momentum for a strong agreement to calls for climate action from citizens across the world and world faith leaders, as well as the new wave of investors. The adoption of national commitments by Kazakhstan, a reputable and responsible member of the global community, will contribute to the struggle to curb the pace of global climate change.”

Kazakhstan is taking commitments, by submitting its INDC for the Conference of Parties, to reduce unconditionally its gas emissions to 15% by 2030 from the level of 1990. Besides Kazakhstan has conditional target to reduce emissions by 25% below 1990 level. The Minister of Energy Vladimir Shkolnik stated that “The Republic of Kazakhstan as a responsible participant of international processes actively contributes to the solution of global sustainable development objectives, including climate issues… These are a rather ambitious commitment, which require the adoption of comprehensive measures to "purify" the national economy from carbon by decarbonization measures, the introduction of innovative "green" technologies and the development of the domestic carbon market”.

The European Union has long shown leadership on climate change. The EU is committed to ensuring the adoption of a legally binding, ambitious and fair international agreement applicable to all countries that is capable of keeping the global average temperature rise below 2°C and avoiding dangerous climate change. The EU was the first major economy to put forward its intended contribution to the new agreement – a target of reducing domestic greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40% by 2030, compared to 1990 levels. This commitment builds on the EU's current targets and policy framework for climate action. The EU is on track to meet or even exceed its target to reduce emissions by 20% by 2020. Between 1990 and 2013, EU emissions fell by 19% while GDP increased by 45% over the same period.

For more information, please contact Ms Karla Jamankulova, Press and Information Officer of the EU Delegation to Kazakhstan, at: + 7 (7172) 97­11­48, e-mail Karlygash.jamankulova@eeas.europa.eu or check http://eeas.europa.eu/delegations/kazakhstan/index_en.htm