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The Event:

Global Energy Future to be discussed at Astana EXPO 2017

The International Specialized Exhibition Astana EXPO 2017 “Future Energy” will showcase recent developments in the sphere of renewable energy.

Astana will present itself as a city where the world will learn about the most advanced green technologies and achievements. Representatives of 115 countries and 20 international organizations will participate in EXPO 2017, with each a pavilion of its own.

World-famous scientists and experts, politicians and members of the business community will discuss global issues related to developing renewable energy sources at various forums and themed conferences during the Astana EXPO 2017. They will draft global policy documents for promoting an energy efficient lifestyle and actively introducing renewables.

As part of EXPO 2017, the following events are due to take place: the Ministerial Conference “Meeting the challenge of sustainable energy”, the 14th Eurasian Media Forum, the 11th KAZENERGY Eurasian Forum, as well as many others.

The architecture and design of EXPO 2017 are based on the principles of energy efficiency. The key facilities of the exhibition are partially powered by solar, wind and geothermal energy. The Smart Grid system, which will be used at the exhibition for the first time in Kazakhstan, allows reducing energy losses during transportation by up to 50%. In addition, locally manufactured photovoltaic panels are installed on the roof of the Sphere, and the upper part of the building is equipped with two noiseless wind turbines.

EXPO 2017 covers an area of 174 ha, with the exhibition area spanning 25 ha. The centrepiece of the exhibition is a building called the Sphere, which total area is 24,000 square meters. On the eight floors of the world’s largest spherical structure, which has already become a tourist attraction in Astana, the use of space, solar, biomass, wind, water and kinetic energy will be showcased in an interactive and informative way.

The guests of EXPO 2017 are to include heads of state, executives of the largest global and Kazakhstani companies, including the exhibition sponsors such as Shell, Samsung, NCOC, JCS Samruk-Energy, as well as representatives of international organizations such as the UN, UNESCO, UNICEF, UNIDO, IRENA, the World Bank, OPEC, etc.

In addition, the visitors of EXPO 2017 will be treated to a large-scale entertainment program, concerts of world-famous pop stars, art exhibitions and various shows that will certainly be a memorable experience for even the most discerning spectators.

The architecture and design of EXPO 2017 are based on the principles of energy efficiency.

Overall, over 5 million visits are expected. The hosts have prepared special tourist routes for the guests and residents of Kazakhstan. Apart from a visit to EXPO 2017, they include trips to the country’s tourist attractions. Thus, the following sites will be available for visiting: twelve natural parks in various regions of the country with unique places such as the Sharyn Canyon, the Kolsay Lakes, the Borovoye, Bayanaul and Karkaraly national parks; UNESCO World Heritage Sites (the Mausoleum of Khawaja Ahmed Yasawi, the Petroglyphs of Tamgaly and historical sites along the Silk Road); and special destinations, such as the Baikonur Cosmodrome, which is the largest spaceport in the world.

Thus, EXPO 2017 is to become one of the most meaningful events to take place in 2017.