Kazakhstan Business Council for Sustainable Development (KBCSD) was founded in February 2003, and unites the largest companies and enterprises of mining and metallurgy, power and energy, oil and gas, chemistry, machinery and cement industries, as well as environmental consultancy and service companies. Together, these companies have over 100 thousand employees. KBCSD members are companies and organisations that consider high standards for IPPC and sustainable development as an integral part of their business activity.
KBCSD’s Mission is to support the balance of interests between governmental and non-governmental sector to promote the principals of Sustainable Development and Corporative Social Responsibility in Kazakhstan, to promote business as a leader of environmentally effective technical innovations and local community development.
- 19 companies.
Building the Business Case
- Representing common interests of business, KBCSD supports governmental and business initiatives on sustainable development, leads the work on legislative improvement and harmonisation in cooperation with the state bodies.
International Conferences and Programmes
KBCSD has supported numerous conferences and programmes, including:
- The 6th Ministerial Conference “Environment and Development” of Asia-Pacific Region countries (Astana, 2010).
- The 7th Conference of the ministers “Environment for Europe” (Astana, 2011).
- Global Summit Rio+20 (Rio de Janeiro, 2012).
- Green Bridge Initiative (Astana, 2013).
- Central Asia Programme on Leadership on Environmental Protection for Sustainable Development (as a partner for Central Asia Regional Environmental Center, CAREC (since 2010).
- Annual International Exhibition on Environmental Technologies and Services “EcoTech” (Almaty-Astana, from 2004) and Conferences on Green Growth (2012), Waste Management (2013), Circular Economy and Wastes 3R (2014).
Publishing and Knowledge-transfer
- KBCSD’s Journal “Ecology and Industry of Kazakhstan” (ISSN 2311-536X) is a quarterly-based issue of expert reviews, best practices, and research, published together with the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Ministry of Energy since 2004.
The publications contain official materials, articles on best practices and companies’ success stories in sustainable development and CSR. A special section is devoted to current trends and forecasts in the environmental, economic and social spheres at national and international levels. Particular attention is paid to WBCSD strategies and guidelines for business communities, including Vision 2050 and Action2020. Examples include: National GHG Emissions Trading Scheme regulation (№1/33, 2012); Ecosystem services for business and industry (№2/34, 2012); Mechanisms for cooperation and movement to “Green economy” (№3/35, 2012); Chemical Safety Strategy development in Kazakhstan (№4/36, 2012); Water Resources protection and effective use (№1/37, 2013); CSR and Social investments further development in Kazakhstan (№3/39, 2013); Kazakhstan in Global and Green Bridge Partnership Programme (№4/40, 2013); KBCSD: 10 years of Sustainable Development and Sustainable Energy (the best practice of Kazakhstan industry); (№1/41, 2014), WBCSD – a Global network of knowledge in Sustainable Development (№2/42, 2014); Environmental Technologies and Services: Wastes 3R Strategy in Kazakhstan as a possibility for SME development (№4/44), 2014).
- Action2020-related Activities
KBCSD is an official partner of the Ministry of Environmental Protection of Kazakhstan in the following projects:
- Green Growth Economy Concept Development for Kazakhstan (2012-2013).
- Green Bridge International Conference (Astana, 2013).
- Expo-2017 Concept of Alternative Energy development in Kazakhstan (2014).
- GHG National Trade Platform development and implementation in Kazakhstan (since 2012).
- Energy Efficiency Audit and ISO 50001 Energy Management System implementation in Kazakhstan (since 2012).
- Knowledge transfer and Awareness workshops and training seminars for industrial enterprises implementation (since 2013).
- KBCSD is an official partner of the Ministry of Environmental Protection of Kazakhstan for Water Resources Efficiency Use Strategy development (2013)
- KBCSD’s Journal “Ecology and Industry of Kazakhstan” (ISSN 2311-536X) is a quarterly-based issue of expert reviews, best practices, and research, published together with the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Ministry of Energy since 2004. The Journal does not only touch upon “Ecosystems” per se, but also on other Action2020 Priority Areas and broader sustainable development issues.
Exposure to Harmful Substances
- KBCSD is a partnering with UNЕP on knowledge transfer and awareness on “Encouraging business to manage their impact on the environment”; “Reducing and managing waste”; “PCBs contaminated equipment inventory, storage and utilisation”, etc.
Skills and Employment
- KBCSD is a recognised training center in Kazakhstan for IPPC, SD, and SCR. It also offers BAT courses for industry leaders, specialists, and engineers, with more than 100 trainees annually.
- Promotes and helps companies undertake sustainability reporting, particularly so as to be in line with the GRI Reporting Framework.
- Government Engagement and External Collaboration
KBCSD Executive Board participates in Working Groups / Councils / Committees / Round Tables / Expert Forums established by different governmental bodies, including:
- A Member of the Working Groups for Green Economy Development in Kazakhstan under the President of the Republic Kazakhstan.
- A Member of Expert Councils of the following Ministries: Ministry of Energy and Environmental Protection, Ministry of Investments and Development, Ministry of Economy, Ministry of Labor and Social Defense, Ministry of Innovations and New Technologies.
KBCSD experts and member companies annually review over 500 draft legal and technical documents prepared by the government related to industrial activities.
KBCSD provides advice to the Ministry of Environmental Protections for further legislative improvement in areas of:
- Environmental legislative harmonisation in Kazakhstan.
- Development of the Concept of Low-carbon development in Kazakhstan.
- Kyoto Protocol mechanisms realisation in Kazakhstan.
- Wastes management legislation development and improvement.
- Integrated environmental permits development.
- National GHG emissions Trade Scheme development in Kazakhstan.
Global Network Collaboration