Removing barriers to energy efficiency in municipal heat and hot water supply



Law on energy saving to create system to increase energy efficiency

The adopted in Kazakhstan Law ‘On energy saving and increase of energy efficiency’ will raise energy efficiency in different sectors of the economy, Alexander Belyi Manager of the UNDP-GEF project said in an exclusive interview for site.

According to him, the complex plan on energy saving which was adopted by the President will also give an impetus for increasing energy efficiency.

‘These two documents have to help make significant progress in increasing energy efficiency in different spheres of the economy, including such a sector as municipal heating supply which is under the supervision of the UNDP-GEF and the Government of Kazakhstan,’ A. Belyi said.

One of the norms of the Law is introduction of differentiated payment for consumed heating energy depending on presence or absence of heat metering devices.

‘We have been implementing pilot and demonstration projects in residential and public houses of Astana, Almaty and Karaganda on energy and heating supply over the recent years. We have received some effects but there was no real incentive for people. The introduction of this norm into the Law will lead to rapid increase of interest of people in it. For instance, installation of automated heating stations in the buildings with the metering devices will effect in up to 30% of payment economy,’ he noted.

Besides, the Law also provides for a number of others measures that will be useful for encouragement of owners. Moreover, according to the Law, the producers of energy will have specific responsibilities for reducing production losses and emission gases.

‘Besides, introduction of the international standards on energy management has an important meaning. It will become an incentive factor in large energy companies that have to introduce it,’ A. Belyi thinks.

It should be noted that this Law provides for the ban on supply of heating and electric energy and gas to newly commissioned facilities that do not have metering devices and a number of other mechanisms aimed at increase of energy efficiency.