Not so long ago, during July 4-6, the second Eurasian Business Forum “Green Energy & Waste Recycling Forum” – “GEWR’17” was held in Astana. Being timed along with the International Ecological Exposition EXPO’17, which is hosted by Kazakhstan this year, the forum actually gathered a large number of participants from various countries – these were representatives from both CIS and AETP ministries, international organizations like UNDP, UNEP, UNIDO, ISWA and others, as well as various industrial and waste management enterprises, NGOs and others.
This year Waste Management Association KazWaste, Energy Ministry and National Chamber of Entrepreneurs of RK and European-Russian Business Association ERBA organized the forum, thus striving to push cooperation forward for shaping and developing the new domestic waste management culture among the society. Energy vice-minister Gani Sadibekov, in particular, highlighted the role of waste when executing the common concept of Kazakhstan transition to “green” economy.
The thing is that even though Kazakhstan has already advanced well in achieving the aforementioned concept, there is still a room for improvement in national waste management. The legislative framework that deals with domestic, industrial or dangerous waste management, for instance, shall better be improved. Even if it was, though, Kazakhstan should have done a decent amount of work to develop waste accounting, collecting, transporting, dumping and recycling. Moreover, even though it will be completely prohibited to dump the construction waste products in Kazakhstan by 2019, the system of complete recycling requires some comprehension and revision.
CLEANTECH LATVIA Executive Director Evija Pudane, by taking part in the meeting, shared Latvian experience in legislation concerning waste products and told about innovative “sanitary landfill” approach. Being more precise, Latvia has already withdrawn “traditional” dumps, which contaminate the soil by their sludge and increase the release of greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere. Instead, there were organized 11 sanitary landfills that are very much like the one in “green” Arsanay village, which could have been visited by the participants in the frame of forum program. Another point of special attention was devoted to construction waste products: the existing Latvian laws and waste transportation accounting system are the points of direct interest in the lights of complete prohibition to dump construction waste in Kazakhstan territory.
It was the first forum with participation of CLEANTECH LATVIA, who reached an agreement on further cooperation with Waste Management Association KazWaste. Next year, our organization will manage to bring in higher contribution, which would consist of greater number of partners interested in participation and even more careful presentation material selection. Hopefully, the forum will soon become the brand-new platform for the development and growth of BALTICH CLEANTECH ALLIANCE and all our partners.