To Reuters : ” Oil-rich Kazakhstan will spend 1 percent of annual output every year until 2050 to increase power generation from greener sources (…) cutting its dependence on coal far faster than some of the world’s big polluters. “
Still to the article, this amounts to around $3.2 billion (2.4 billion euros) annually. This will help the country cut its dependence from dirty coal, which provides 80 percent of its electricity. By 2030 this share should be decreased to 50 percent.
The statement from the local Environmental Protection, Mr. Nurlan Kapparov, really shows that some politicians have understood the opportunities of a cleaner development.
Indeed, to the Reuters journalists, he stated that :
” This is not such a high price for the clean air, for the health of our children and the preservation of ecological systems, as well as for our economy’s resilience to external shocks which assume more threatening proportions each year.”
Now that’s something I’d like to hear or read from the leaders of G2O nations… Congratulations to the central Asia nation of Kazahkstan !