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Sustainable Energy in Kazakhstan

Moving to cleaner energy in a resource-rich country, 1st Edition

Edited by Yelena Kalyuzhnova, Richard Pomfret


286 pages | 59 B/W Illus.

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Kazakhstan is rich in natural resources including coal, oil, natural gas and uranium and has significant renewable potential from wind, solar, hydro and biomass. In spite of this, the country is currently dependent upon fossil fuels with coal-fired plants accounting for 75% of total power generation leading to concerns over greenhouse gas emissions and impacts on human health and the environment.

This book analyses the implications of the global shift to cleaner energy for a country whose economy has centred on hydrocarbon exports. The challenge is urgent for Kazakhstan, whose recent economic growth has driven increased demand for energy services, making the construction of additional generating capacity increasingly necessary for enabling sustained growth. In this context, renewable energy resources are becoming an increasingly attractive option to help bridge the demand-supply gap. Chapters written by experts in the field provide a comprehensive review of the current energy situation in Kazakhstan including fossil energy and renewable resources and analyses policy drivers for the energy sector. Emphasising that clean energy covers a variety of renewables, as well as cleaner use of hydrocarbons, this book argues that future technological change will affect the relative attractiveness of the various choices.

Recognising technical, geographical and domestic and international political constraints on policymakers’ options, this book will be of interest to an interdisciplinary audience in the fields of resource management and clean energy, development economics and Central Asian Studies.


"This book gives a comprehensive view of contemporary issues in energy policy, production, and economics in Kazakhstan, in a period in which the country is exploring ways to reshape this field with the advent of new green energy ideas and technologies. It also considers the reality of businesses in the energy market along with the technological and managerial capacity to integrate cleantech equipment to reduce GHG emissions. In addition, it investigates their ability to construct wind-solar power plants and consider potentials on developing biogas and biofuel sources. "

Zhibek Tleshova, Nazarbayev University, Astana, Kazakhstan, Acta Via Serica, Vol. 2, No. 2, December 2017

Table of Contents


Richard Pomfret

Part one: Setting the scene

1. Resource-rich countries, clean energy and volatility of oil prices

Yelena Kalyuzhnova

2. Fulfilment of obligations aligned by the Kyoto Protocol and beyond

Yerlik Karazhan

3. Moving towards sustainable energy in a resource-rich country: setting the context for Kazakhstan

Calliope Webber

Part two: Evolution and future scenarios for Kazakhstan’s energy sector

4. Integration of wind and solar power in Kazakhstan: incentives and barriers

Marat Karatayev and Stephen Hall

5. The national power grid and the room for feed-in energy supply: USSR heritage in Kazakhstan and international best-practice benchmarks

Maxim Romanov

6. Scheduling and planning for optimal operations of power plants using a unit commitment approach

Nurkhat Zhakiyev and Rustam Otarov

7. Scenarios of GHG emissions from fuel combustion in Kazakhstan

Aiymgul Kerimray and Aidyn Bakdolotov

8. Determination of optimal CO2 allowance prices for stimulation of investments in CCS, RES and other carbon-clean technologies in Kazakhstan

Rustam Otarov, Yerbol Akhmetbekov and Nurkhat Zhakiyev

9.Carbon capture and storage in geological formations: the potential for Kazakhstan

Dilfuza Nurseitova

10. Energy service centres: an innovative approach to achieving energy efficiency in Kazakhstan

Yegor A. Zbrodko, Alexander V. Novoseltsev and Alexei G. Sankovski

11. Samruk-Green Energy LLP: case study

Ural Arslangulov

Part three: Learning from global practice

12. Biogas for sustainable rural communities: case studies

Tanja Radu, Richard E. Blanchard and Andrew D. Wheatley

13. How biotechnology can be used to develop sustainable fuels and energy resources

William J. Nock

14. Why firms eco-innovate

Maksim Belitski

15. Low carbon cities and the development of cleantech innovation clusters in oil-rich economies: a case study on Masdar City

Nitin Kumar, Zhanna Kapsalyamova and I.-Tsung Tsai

Part four: Looking forward

16. Challenges for Kazakhstan’s energy sector to 2050

Richard Pomfret


About the Editors

Yelena Kalyuzhnova is Professor of Economics, Director of the Centre for Euro-Asian Studies and Vice Dean (International) at Henley Business School in the University of Reading, UK.

Richard Pomfret is Professor of Economics at the University of Adelaide, Australia, Adjunct Professor of International Economics, The Johns Hopkins University SAIS Europe, Italy, and Fellow of the Centre for Euro-Asian Studies, University of Reading, UK.

About the Series

Central Asia Research Forum

Central Asia Research Forum is a series designed to present cutting-edge research on the Central Asia region spanning the whole of the social sciences.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General