On 24-25 July the European Union Energy Days were held in Astana in the framework of the Future Energy Forum. The events sponsored by the European Union as part of "EU Energy Days", was the main contribution of the EU to EXPO 2017. The EU Energy Days were officially opened by Deputy Director General for Energy of the European Comission Gerassimos Thomas and Head of the EU Delegation to Kazakhstan, Ambassador Traian Hristea. The Kazakh side was represented by the Kazakhstan Vice Ministers of Energy Bakytzhan Dzhaksaliev and Gani Sadybekov.
The two-day event consisted of two conferences:
On 24 July "Clean energy solutions for the buildings of the future" conference put the spotlight on the latest technologies, best practices and visionary innovations in energy efficiency and renewable energy, with a special focus on buildings and cities. Top European researchers and market players showcased successful projects and state-of-the-art ways of integrating renewable energy in buildings, energy efficient appliances and construction methods, smart building solutions, urban design and infrastructure for smart cities. In addition, inspiring speakers shared their ideas on how clean energy will shape the cities of the future.
On 25 July "Fusion Energy: From Science Fiction to Science Fact" brought together prominent representatives of the fusion research, in particular EUROfusion, ITER project, F4E and National Nuclear Centre of Kazakhstan, as well as specialists from prestigious national institutions in the European Union and Russian Federation. Participants presented and discussed the prospects of harnessing magnetic confinement fusion to deliver affordable, safe and environmentally sustainable electricity, and they highlighted the potential of cooperation between the European Union and Kazakhstan in the field of nuclear fusion, after the recent signature of the Agreement between ITER and National Nuclear Center of Kazakhstan.
The Enhanced Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (EPCA) between the EU and Kazakhstan was signed on 21 December 2015 in Astana. Since 1 May 2016 the provisional implementation of the main articles of the Agreement has been launched. The Agreement provides significant boost to economic and political ties between the EU and Kazakhstan and also enhance concrete cooperation in 29 key policy areas, including in the sectors of economic and financial cooperation, energy, transport, environment and climate change, employment and social affairs, culture, education and research.
The European Union Energy Day is organised annually by the European Commission's Directorate-General for Energy. After the first two EU Energy Days in Marrakech and Abu Dhabi, the focus now moves to Astana Kazakhstan, for the International Specialised Exhibition, Expo 2017 – Future Energy, this year's hotspot for showcasing clean energy solutions and nuclear fusion energy.