Sustainable Energy in Kazakhstan: Moving to Cleaner Energy in a Resource-Rich Country (Central Asia Research Forum) (Paperback)

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By Yelena Kalyuzhnova (Editor), Richard Pomfret (Editor)
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Kazakhstan is rich in natural resources including coal, oil, natural gas and uranium and has significant renewable potential from wind, solar, hydro and biomass. In spite of this, the country is currently dependent upon fossil fuels with coal-fired plants accounting for 75% of total power generation leading to concerns over greenhouse gas emissions and impacts on human health and the environment.

This book analyses the implications of the global shift to cleaner energy for a country whose economy has centred on hydrocarbon exports. The challenge is urgent for Kazakhstan, whose recent economic growth has driven increased demand for energy services, making the construction of additional generating capacity increasingly necessary for enabling sustained growth. In this context, renewable energy resources are becoming an increasingly attractive option to help bridge the demand-supply gap. Chapters written by experts in the field provide a comprehensive review of the current energy situation in Kazakhstan including fossil energy and renewable resources and analyses policy drivers for the energy sector. Emphasising that clean energy covers a variety of renewables, as well as cleaner use of hydrocarbons, this book argues that future technological change will affect the relative attractiveness of the various choices.

Recognising technical, geographical and domestic and international political constraints on policymakers' options, this book will be of interest to an interdisciplinary audience in the fields of resource management and clean energy, development economics and Central Asian Studies.

About the Author

Yelena Kalyuzhnova is Professor of Economics, Director of the Centre for Euro-Asian Studies and Vice Dean (International) at Henley Business School in the University of Reading, UK.Richard Pomfret is Professor of Economics at the University of Adelaide, Australia, Adjunct Professor of International Economics, The Johns Hopkins University SAIS Europe, Italy, and Fellow of the Centre for Euro-Asian Studies, University of Reading, UK.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780367885106
ISBN-10: 0367885107
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: December 12th, 2019
Pages: 286
Language: English
Series: Central Asia Research Forum