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Temirtau, Kazakhstan – Mr Maciej Madalinski, Chargé d’affaires a.i. at the Delegation of the European Union (EU) to the Republic of Kazakhstan awarded the winners and participants of the Students’ Debate on Sustainable Energy held at Karaganda Industrial University. At the Award Ceremony, organised as part of the Second EU–Kazakhstan Sustainable Energy Days (SEDs), he announced the main prize – an online study course on climate, sustainable energy, and solutions for energy efficiency and renewable energy deployment for the students and faculty members of the Karaganda Industrial University delivered by the Florence School of Regulation (Italy), a European centre of excellence for innovative trainings on energy and climate.

The Ceremony took place during the Interregional Forum of Environmental Initiatives “SAF AUA” organised jointly by the ECOJER Association and the EU-funded project “Sustainable Energy Connectivity in Central Asia (SECCA)” with the support of the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Kazakhstan, as well as Akimats of the Karaganda region and the town of Temirtau.

Addressing the Ceremony participants, Mr Madalinski said: “The EU–Kazakhstan Sustainable Energy Days in Temirtau aim to contribute positively to the region’s sustainable development. Cooperation and involvement of local communities is crucial in this regard. We appreciate the active participation of the Karaganda Industrial University, its professors and students. I hope that the new knowledge and skills that you have acquired during these days will empower you to drive innovation and shape the energy future for Kazakhstan”.

The SEDs campaign events at the Karaganda Industrial University took place on 3-4 June 2024 and involved more than 80 students and faculty members. They aimed to raise awareness among the youth about sustainable and just energy transition in response to challenges to the environment and climate caused by production and consumption of energy and greenhouse gas emissions. The students attended the lectures on energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions delivered by the European and Kazakhstani experts and, at the Students’ Debate, they argued on the best sustainable energy solutions for Temirtau.

 

Background:

The European Union is an economic and political union of 27 European countries. It is founded on the values of respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and respect for human rights, including the rights of persons belonging to minorities. It acts globally to promote sustainable development of societies, environment and economies, so that everyone can benefit.

The European Union – Kazakhstan Sustainable Energy Days is part of the broader European Union – Central Asia Sustainable Energy Days campaign. Its purpose is to enhance the awareness of national stakeholders and the public in the region of Central Asia on the significance, benefits and accessibility of sustainable energy and the interlinkage between energy and climate change. It also represents a global edition of EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW), the largest annual event dedicated to renewables and efficient energy use in Europe, initiated in 2007 by the European Commission. The campaign is organised yearly in the countries of Central Asia by the EU-funded project “Sustainable Energy Connectivity in Central Asia (SECCA)”.

The EU-funded project “Sustainable Energy Connectivity in Central Asia (SECCA)” (from March 2022 to March 2026) aims to promote a sustainable energy mix in the Central Asia region in line with EU best practices. To fulfil its mission, SECCA strives to provide for strengthened and more inclusive policy, regulatory and institutional framework for the transition to a sustainable energy system, within a regional context, and focuses on contributing to the fulfilment of international human rights commitments in CA countries, including equal access to energy, and supporting gender inclusive policies and legislation for energy efficiency (EE) and renewable energy (RE). The project activities include capacity development for EE and RE deployment, awareness raising on EE and RE, and improving investment climate for EE and RE projects.

For additional information, please contact Mrs Yelena Serebrennikova, Communication strategist, SECCA, email: media@secca.eu, WhatsApp: +77019814020, Mrs Nurgul Smagulova-Dulic, Digital Communication and Media Relations Expert, SECCA, email: nurgul.smagulova@secca.eu, WhatsApp: +77012066760, or the EU Delegation to Kazakhstan: delegation-kazakhstan-pic@eeas.europa.eu.

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