Kazakhstan to generate electricity from waste
Kazakhstan plans to legislate the burning of municipal solid waste. Members of the Mazhilis, the Lower House of the Kazakh Parliament, initiated a draft law ‘On amendments and additions to certain legislative acts of the Republic of Kazakhstan on energy waste management’. The concept of the bill states that it will contribute to reducing the negative impact on the environment. Today, on June 17, the Mazhilis approved the bill in the first reading.
“Nearly five million tons of waste is generated annually in Kazakhstan, of which only 15 percent gets recycled. Currently, incineration complexes are operating all over the world to realize the recycling task. This is an effective mechanism for reducing the volume of waste disposal,” noted Kuralai Karaken, Member of the Mazhilis.
Karaken said that the waste can be subjected to greenhouse processing and then produce electricity. This approach will not only reduce the number of landfills in Kazakhstan, but it will also bring additional incomes, she said. Provisions aimed at supporting enterprises involved recycling are the important aspect of the draft law. From now on, they should operate on the principle of the existing mechanism for supporting the renewable energy sector. In other words, there should be a guarantee that the electrical energy produced by such plants will be bought. In this regard, the bill provides for amendments and additions to the Environmental Code and the laws of the Republic of Kazakhstan ‘On electric power industry’ and ‘On support of the use of renewable energy sources’.