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We advised EBRD and a European Company on implementation of a Green City Action Plan in the cities of Semey and Ust-Kamenogorsk in the East Kazakhstan region. As cities are striving to improve the ecological situation and become “greener”, Unicase have analysed Kazakhstan laws and regulations, state and local policy documents with the aim to assess environmental challenges based on specific indicators. Under the EBRD Green City Action Plan methodology, the Team have researched various sectors such as Water and Wastewater Treatment, Energy, Urban Planning and Transport, Climate Resilience, Natural Capital and Food Systems, Smart City, Health Care. The scope included an overview of the Nationally Determined Contributions of the Kazakhstan Government, pursuant to the Paris Climate Agreement. In particular, we focused on plans aimed at reducing atmosphere pollution in the cities of Semey and Ust-Kamenogorsk.

Europian Bank

EBRD, Global Green City Action Plan Initiative
Furthermore, our Team advised on projects and works financing, legal nature of relationship among and competences of local authorities executive branch, representative branch, and public councils. We also provided an overview of the general approval process of state policies and programmes relevant to indicators under the EBRD Green City Action Plan methodology.
The Green City Action Plan is a global initiative aimed to identify, prioritise, and connect cities’ environmental challenges with sustainable infrastructure investments and policy measures. The Project significance is global, and the uniqueness is in its full harmony with the world’s agenda of sustainable development goals and will definitely have a positive impact on Kazakhstan’s ambitions to become a green economy in the true sense.
Kazakhstan is a party to the Paris Climate Agreement, a legally binding international treaty on climate change, and therefore obliged to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by implementing energy efficient technologies and modernising infrastructure in water and wastewater treatment, energy, urban transport, and waste management sectors.
Impact & Outcome
However, the lack of specific policies aimed at developing food systems and the natural capital sector challenged us at Unicase to research various state programmes and normative legal acts and put together a puzzle which fully covers all the actions planned in the field to eventually come up with actionable solutions to set the country onto the trajectory to a more green economy.