On April 6, 2016, the Kazakhstan-United States Energy Partnership Commission held a meeting at the Energy Ministry of the Republic of Kazakhstan, co-chaired by Energy Minister K.A.Bosumbayev and Secretary of Energy, Dr. Ernest Moniz.
The Republic of Kazakhstan was represented at the session by officials from the Energy Ministry and the Foreign Ministry, Kazatomprom, Kazenergy Association, KazMunaiGas, Samruk-Energy, EXPO-2017, the National Nuclear Centre of and the Nuclear Physics Institute.
Also present were representatives of the United States Department of Energy, the U.S. Embassy in Kazakhstan, and the National Nuclear Security Administration.
The session was held as a follow up on the 11th session of the Commission held in 2015, and included the ceremonial signing of a Joint statement of the Kazakhstan-United States Energy Partnership Commission.
In 2015 at the 11th session of the Special Commission on the Energy Partnership (SCEP) there were three expert discussions on the following topic: nuclear security and nuclear energy, alternative energy and electricity, energy saving and increase of energy efficiency.
Also during the last year specialists of the Ministry of Energy of Republic of Kazakhstan and Department of Energy of the United States held bilateral discussions on international carbon sequestration and use of clean technologies.
After the two ministers sign the agreement they discussed the 2016 work plan, which help to encourage the use of alternative energy sources in Kazakhstan, reduce emissions, enhance nuclear safety and help Kazakhstan achieve its goal to increase share of clean technologies to 50 % by 2050.
Based on the outcomes carried over the years, the activity of the SCEP proved its efficiency. The regularity of the meetings held on this dialogue, the high level represented by the heads of foreign policy departments of the two countries as well as the discussion of the issues on nuclear security and nuclear energy, hydrocarbon resources, renewable energy and energy efficiency, electricity have demonstrated the efficiency the SCEP.
Notably, within the framework of the SCEP concrete targets have been reached in cooperation in the field of conversion of Kazakhstan’s research reactors, enforcement of physical nuclear security, etc.
For reference: In 2001, during the official visit of Republic of Kazakhstan President Nazarbayev to the United States, a Declaration on Energy Partnership was signed. The Declaration served the basis for creation of Kazakh-American Special Commission on the Energy Partnership (SCEP) which has the status of an intergovernmental commission.
From 2002 to 2015, 11 sessions of SCEP have been held. The sessions discussed topics on the following issues – cooperation in the oil and gas, nuclear security, nuclear industry, development of renewable energy resources, electro energy and energy efficiency.