The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) will host its first event in Kazakhstan following the country’s induction into the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) in 2014.
ASEF, with the Asia Centre and the Kazakh Ministry of Foreign Affairs, will organise a workshop on 16-17 April 2015 inAlmaty, Kazakhstan to promote timely dialogue on the challenges of energy and climate change, leading up to the 2015 UN Climate Change Conference (COP21). This workshop will gather international and local officials, corporate representatives, and researchers to analyse how the balance between energy and climate change interacts with the ambitions of Central Asia to achieve robust and sustainable growth.
The workshop’s venue, Almaty, is apt to promote Asia-Europe discussions on such issues, given Kazakhstan’s geopolitical significance as an oil-exporting country neighbouring China and Russia. Since the fossil fuel industry has been, and continues to be, crucial to the growth of many Central Asian countries, the workshop will explore how to develop this sector while limiting its negative externalities. These findings will be included in an upcoming report for COP21 negotiators on Asia-Europe cooperation in energy and climate change.