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Akhmetzhan Yessimov

Akhmetzhan Yessimov

Chairman of the Board, Astana EXPO-2017

Dear Applicants!
On behalf of Astana EXPO-2017 National Company let me welcome you to the website of the Energy Best Practices Area (eBPa).
World economy is changing towards green energy technologies. International Specialized Exhibition Astana EXPO-2017 will be one of the pathways to reach carbon free way of life, EXPO- 2017 will be a launch-pad to a cleaner, fairer world where Future Energy is available to all.
The finalists of the eBPa will be determined on a competitive basis by the International Selection Committee (ISC) consisting of renown scientists, energy experts and policymakers.
Exploring and applying best practices in the energy sector will bring about a sustainable and efficient use of vast resources, including the use of alternative and renewable energy, which should amount to no less than 50% of all energy resources by the year 2050 according to the Strategy “Kazakhstan – 2050”.
Moreover, at the 70th session of the UN General Assembly, Nursultan Nazarbayev, President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, put forward an initiative to open in Astana an International Centre for the Development of Green Technologies and Investment Projects under the auspices of the UN using the infrastructure put in place for EXPO-2017.
I encourage you to apply for participation in the eBPa and invite you to be a part of EXPO-2017 in Astana.
  • Akhmetzhan Yessimov
  • Chairman of the Board
  • Astana EXPO-2017 National Company
Vicente Loscertales

Vicente Loscertales

Secretary General, BIE
ISC Chairman

Welcome to the eBPa website of EXPO 2017.
The Energy Best Practices Area (eBPa) will be a dedicated zone at the heart of EXPO 2017 in Astana where selected cases from around the world will propose solutions to the global energy challenges and exhibit energy best practices.
The contents of the eBPa will embody the full scope of the EXPO 2017 theme “Future Energy”. It will demonstrate different kinds of innovative and valuable practices related to renewable and alternative energy, energy efficiency, storage, distribution and the use of natural energy resources.
The bar has been set high to ensure the creation one of the most innovative and outstanding features of EXPO 2017. I would like to invite you to submit an application for participation in the eBPa with your best practice cases to share solutions for a sustainable future.
  • Vicente G. Loscertales
  • Secretary General
  • Bureau International des Expositions

Participation Guidelines

Who can apply?

Participation in eBPa is open to:

  • Governments of all Nations;
  • Corporations and Businesses;
  • International Organisations;
  • Public Organisations or Associations;
  • Universities and Educational/Research Organisations;
  • Public-Private Partnerships;
  • Individuals and Inventors;

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thematic areas

The best practices will be selected and demonstrated in the following five thematic areas

Energy efficiency and traditional energy

  • energy-efficient lighting

  • energy- efficient buildings construction and reconstruction

  • energy-saving innovations in the automotive industry

  • energy efficiency projects of companies modernization

  • accounting and monitoring energy saving and consumption of fuel and energy resources.

Energy distribution

  • energy loss reduction in power transmission

  • smart electricity grid

  • planning and ensuring efficient operation of grids

  • improving the service quality

  • the transfer of high voltage direct current

  • flexible AC transmission systems

  • substations based on GIS (gas-insulated switchgear, complete)

  • superconductors / cables (high temperature superconducting cables)

  • regional monitoring systems.

Renewable and alternative energy

  • wind energy

  • bio fuels

  • solar energy

  • hydropower

  • geothermal energy

  • storm energy

  • controlled thermonuclear fusion

  • hydrogen energy

  • cosmic energy

  • extraction and use of natural gas (methane) from coal

  • nuclear energy

Energy Storage

  • chemical energy storage

  • biological energy storage

  • electrochemical energy storage

  • electrical energy storage

  • mechanical energy storage

  • thermal energy storage

Use of energy natural resources

  • rational use of natural resources and processing of raw materials and products

  • technologies and methods to fill the mineral resource bases and water resources

  • technologies of development of mineral resources

  • technologies of raw materials and products processing

  • technologies of new materials synthesis

  • basic research in the field of raw materials and products processing

  • solutions for the mining industry

  • increased efficiency and readiness for processing plants

  • efficiency and safety in production and processing of metal ores

George Smoot

George Smoot

Professor, UC Berkeley, Nobel Laureate in Physics (2006)

Dr. George Fitzgerald Smoot III (born February 20, 1945, Yukon, Florida) is an experimental astrophysicist who won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2006 for his work on Cosmic Background Explorer with John C. Mather that led to the measurement "of the black body form and anisotropy of the cosmic microwave background radiation."

Bernard Bigot

Bernard Bigot

Director General, ITER

On 5 March 2015, the ITER Council appointed Bernard Bigot, from France, Director-General of the ITER Organization. Bernard Bigot has been closely associated with ITER since France's bid to host the project in 2003. Following the ITER site decision in 2005, the signature of the ITER Agreement in 2006 and its ratification by all Members in 2007, Mr Bigot was delegated by the French government to act as High Representative for the implementation of ITER in France, a position that he has occupied since 2008. With the responsibility of coordinating the realization of ITER and ensuring the representation of France to the ITER Members and the ITER Organization, he has followed the project for some twenty years. In his long and distinguished career, Bernard Bigot has held senior positions in research, higher education and government. Prior to his appointment at ITER he completed two terms (2009-2012 and 2012-2015) as Chairman and CEO of the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission, CEA. This government-funded technological research organization—with ten research centres in France, a workforce of 16,000 and an annual budget of EUR 4.3 billion— is active in low-carbon energies, defense and security, information technologies and health technologies.

Shigeo Katsu

Shigeo Katsu

President, Nazarbayev University

Shigeo Katsu is President of Nazarbayev University, a position he has held since December 2010. Prior to that, over the course of a 30-year career at the World Bank, Shigeo Katsu held various positions including leading financial sector reform support for China, Director for Cote d’Ivore, and Vice President for Europe and Central Asia. Until May 2015 he served on the Advisory Panel to the ASEAN+3 Macro-Economic Research Office (AMRO) and earlier on the US board of a youth-oriented international development NGO. He recently served as one of the editors for the book “Kazakhstan 2050 – Towards a Modern Society for All” (2014). Currently he is also a member of the National Commission on the Modernization of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Rajendra K Pachauri

Rajendra K Pachauri

Ex-Chairman, IPCC, Director General, TERI

Rajendra Kumar Pachauri is Director General of TERI (The Energy and Resources Institute), a major independent research organisation providing knowledge on energy, environment, forestry, biotechnology, and the conservation of natural resources. Dr Pachauri is a prominent researcher on environmental subjects, recognised internationally for his efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change. He was the Chair of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the scientific intergovernmental body that provides decision-makers and the public with an objective source of information about climate change (April 2002 to February, 2015). He was Senior Adviser to Yale Climate and Energy Institute (YCEI) from July 2012 through June 2014, prior to which he was the Founding Director of YCEI (July 2009 – June 2012). He is active in several international forums dealing with the subject of climate change and its policy dimensions. He was awarded the second-highest civilian award in India, the 'Padma Vibhushan' in January 2008 by the President of India and received the 'Officier De La Légion D’Honneur' from the Government of France in 2006. He has been conferred with the ‘Commander of the Order of Leopold II’ by the King of the Belgians in July 2009; the ‘Commander of the Order of the White Rose of Finland’ by the Prime Minister of Finland in February, 2010; ‘The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star’ by His Majesty Akihito, Emperor of Japan in April 2010; and Mexican Order of the ‘Aztec Eagle’ by the President of Mexico in June 2012; and ‘Knight of the Order of the Star of Italy’ by the President of the Republic of Italy in February, 2014.

Albert Binger

Albert Binger

Energy Science Advisor, Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre, SIDS DOCK Coordinator

Dr. Albert Binger is Energy Science Advisor at the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre and SIDS DOCK Coordinator for the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Sustainable Energy Initiative, and former Science Advisor and Technical Coordinator to the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS). He is the former Professor and Director for the University of the West Indies Centre for Environment and Development, and since 2003, Visiting Professor at Saga University, Japan, involved in research on Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC). He is the former Chair, Strategic Planning for the Global Environment Division, Rockefeller Foundation, in New York, and founder of the Biomass Users (BUN) Network, Costa Rica. As former Director for Research at the Scientific Research Council, Jamaica, he headed Agro-21, responsible for identifying and promoting opportunities for private and public investment in non-food agriculture. Dr. Binger is a member of the UNFCCC Technology Committee.

Ramamoorthy Ramesh

Ramamoorthy Ramesh

Purnendu Chatterjee Endowed Chair in Energy Technologies, Associate Laboratory Director for Energy Technologies, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Professor Ramesh graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a Ph. D. in 1987. He returned to Berkeley in 2004 and is currently the Purnendu Chatterjee Chair Professor in Materials Science and Physics. Prior to that he was Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland College Park. From 1989-1995, at Bellcore, he initiated research in several key areas of oxide electronics, including ferroelectric nonvolatile memories. His landmark contributions in ferroelectrics came through the recognition that conducting oxide electrodes are the solution to the problem of polarization fatigue, which for 30 years, remained an enigma and unsolved problem. In 1994, in collaboration with S. Jin (Lucent Technologies), he initiated research into manganite thin films and they coined the term, Colossal Magnetoresistive (CMR) Oxides. At Berkeley, he continues to pursue key scientific and technological problems in complex multifunctional oxide thin films, nanostructures and heterostructures. His current research interests include thermoelectric and photovoltaic energy conversion in complex oxide heterostructures. He has published extensively on the synthesis and materials physics of complex oxide materials and his work is highly cited (over 35000 citations, H-factor =85). He received the Humboldt Senior Scientist Prize and Fellowship to the American Physical Society (2001). In 2005, he was elected a Fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science as well as the David Adler Lectureship of the American Physical Society. In 2007, he was awarded the Materials Research Society David Turnbull Lectureship Award. In 2009, he was elected Fellow of MRS and is the recipient of the 2010 APS McGroddy New Materials Prize. From December 2010 to August 2012 he served as the Founding Director of the SunShot Initiative at the U.S. Department of Energy, overseeing and coordinate the R&D activities of the U.S. Solar Program. In 2011, he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering. From July 2013 to August 2014 he served as the Deputy Director of Oak Ridge National Laboratory. In September 2014, he returned to Berkeley and LBNL as the Associate Lab Director for Energy Technologies.

Akhmetzhan Yessimov

Akhmetzhan Yessimov

Chairman of the Board, Astana EXPO-2017

He was born December 15, 1950 in Almaty region. In 1974 he graduated from the Kazakh Agricultural Institute. In 1991 graduated socio-political faculty of the Russian Academy of Social Sciences. Doctor of Economics (1999). Since 1990 – First Deputy Chairman of Gosagroprom of the Kazakh SSR. Since 1992 – head of Alma-Ata regional administration. Since 1994 - Deputy Prime Minister of RK. Since 1996 - State Secretary of RK, First Deputy Prime Minister of RK - Chairman of the State committee on investments. Since 1998 - head of Administration of President of RK. Since 1998 - Ambassador of RK in Benelux countries (Kingdom of Belgium, Kingdom of the Netherlands and Grand Duchy of Luxembourg). Head of Representation of RK in EU and NATO. Since 2001 – Minister of Agriculture of RK. Since 2002 – Deputy Prime Minister - Minister of Agriculture of RK. Since 2004 – Deputy Prime Minister of RK. Since January 2006 - Minister of Agriculture of RK. Since April 2008 – Akim of Almaty. Since 9 August 2015 – has appointed Chairman of the board at NC Astana EXPO-2017. Since October 2008 - chairman of Almaty affiliate of “Nur Otan” Party. He was awarded with the order of Badge of Honor (1982), “Parasat” medal (2002), “Otan” medal (2007).

Maria van der Hoeven

Maria van der Hoeven

Senior Associate Fellow, Clingendael International Energy Programme, Executive Director (2011-2015), International Energy Agency (IEA)

Maria van der Hoeven took over as Executive Director of the IEA on 1 September 2011 and has led the Agency during a period of exceptional change in the global energy economy, as rapidly shifting supply/demand balances for oil and other major fuels transform the IEA’s traditional mandate. She has responded by enhancing IEA engagement with key non-member countries including Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Russia and South Africa. Under her leadership, the IEA admitted its 29th member, Estonia, and increased its co-operation with OPEC and the International Energy Forum (IEF) as well as signed a partnership accord with the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). Ms. Van der Hoeven has repeatedly emphasised the close link between climate and energy policy. A member of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate led by former President Felipe Calderón of Mexico, she has initiated discussions at the IEA between policy makers and industry representatives on the impact of climate change on energy security, and sought to raise awareness among young people around the world of the problem of climate change and the need to get informed and take action. She has also promoted renewables and energy efficiency as part of the critical role she believes innovation and technology play in contributing to energy security while supporting climate goals, including expanding the IEA series of Medium-Term Market Reports to include annual critical analysis of both renewables and energy efficiency. These and her other initiatives at the IEA reflect her overall focus on energy security in all forms, for all people. That includes the hundreds of millions around the world who lack access to modern energy services, and in recognition of her efforts in this area, she was invited to serve on the Advisory Board for the UN Sustainable Energy for All initiative. Prior to leading the IEA, Ms. Van der Hoeven served as Minister of Economic Affairs of the Netherlands from February 2007 to October 2010, during which time she demonstrated leadership on energy policy at the national, regional and global levels. She also served as Dutch Minister of Education, Culture and Science from July 2002 to February 2007, having spent more than a decade before that as a member of parliament in her country.

Friedbert Pflüger

Friedbert Pflüger

Director, European Centre for Energy and Resource Security, King’s College London CEO, Pflüger International GmbH, Deputy Minister (ret.)

Prof.Dr.Friedbert Pflüger (born 1955 in Hannover) is Director of the European Centre for Energy and Resource Security (EUCERS) at King’s College London and Senior Fellow of the Atlantic Council of the U.S. He is Managing Director of Pflüger International GmbH in Berlin, Senior Advisor of Roland Berger Strategy Consultants and Member of the Supervisory Board of Alstom Power GmbH. Since 2009 Pflüger is hosting the monthly “Energy Dialogues at the Reichstag”. He is member of the Steering Committee of the Arab-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Ghorfa), member of the International Selection Committee of the EXPO-2017 (Kazakhstan) Energy Best Practices Area, member of the Trilateral US-Europe-Turkey Task Force of the Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD),member of the Resilien-Tech Working Group of the German National Academy of Science and Engineering (ACATECH) and Director of the Strategic Metal Working Group of AtlantikBrücke. Pflüger studied political science, economics and public and constitutional law in Göttingen, Bonn and Harvard. After his studies, Pflüger became one of the closest associates of German President Richard von Weizsäcker while working as his speechwriter and press secretary from 1981-1989. In 1990, he was elected member of the German Parliament, a position in which he remained until 2006. From 1998 to 2002, he was chairman of theBundestag’s EU-Committee. From 2002 to 2005, he served as a foreign policy spokesman of the CDU/CSU Parliamentary Group. Moreover, he served as Deputy Defence Minister in the first Merkel Government.

Charles Feinstein

Charles Feinstein

Director, Energy and Extractives Global Practice, World Bank

Charles Feinstein is presently Director of the World Bank’s Energy and Extractives Global Practice. In this role he is responsible for the operations and day to day management of the combined energy, mining and oil and gas investment, analytical and advisory portfolio with an outstanding value of over $40 billion. Before taking up this post in July 2014, he led the East Asia and the Pacific Region energy and water sectors, focusing on sector strategy development, innovation, quality assurance, and knowledge management. From 2008-12, he was Sustainable Development Leader for Timor-Leste, Papua New Guinea and the Pacific Islands based in Sydney, Australia, responsible for a diverse portfolio of Sustainable Development activities in 12 client countries. Prior to assuming his position in Sydney, “Chas” was Sector Manager for Energy operations in the Europe and Central Asia (ECA) Region. Mr. Feinstein’s work builds on his earlier service as a recognized energy specialist, and his role as co-author of the World Bank’s pioneering Environmental Strategy for the Energy Sector strategy paper (“Fuel for Thought”). Through the 1990’s, Mr. Feinstein was Team Leader for Climate Change in the World Bank’s Environment Department. Prior to his World Bank employment, Chas served as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer and Peace Corps Associate Country Director in the Pacific Islands. An alumnus of the East-West Center in Honolulu, the Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) and the Harvard Executive Development Program, Mr. Feinstein is trained in electrical engineering and resource economics.

Vicente Loscertales

Vicente Loscertales

Secretary General, BIE, ISC Chairman

Vicente Gonzalez Loscertales has been Secretary General of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) since 1994, bringing to the post over a decade of service both in Government and on the international stage. Mr. Loscertales ties with World Expos date to Seville 1992, where he was Director of International Participation. In his prior work for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Spanish Government, he held a variety of positions focusing on cooperation in science and innovation as well as development, which include: Director General for Cooperation with Africa and Asia, Deputy Director General for Scientific and Technological Co-operation and Head of Mission for Cooperation with Central American countries. Mr. Loscertales holds a Ph.D. in History and he was professor of contemporary history at the University of Madrid. He is the author of numerous publications in history, social sciences and World Expos.


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Frequently Asked Questions

How many participants will be selected of the Energy Best Practices Area (eBPa)?

The eBPa pavilion will accommodate 20-25 best practices cases which will be selected by the International Selection Committee.

What is the cost of participation in Energy Best Practices Area (eBPa)?

The application for participation in the eBPa is completely free. Moreover, the selected participants will be provided with the support related to their participation in the eBPa including production of their exhibits, shipping, installation and dismantling.

Will any financial aid be provided for representatives of participants?

Generally, all the costs related to transportation, accommodation, etc. of key representatives shall be covered at the expense of participants. However, in some specific cases the organizer reserves the right to provide partial or full financial aid for key representatives of participants. In addition, the organizer may provide volunteers to assist in presenting the exhibits at the pavilion.

Where can I get additional information about eBPa procedures?

Please, refer to the PDF version of the text of participation guidelines and project selection procedures provided at this website. Should you have other questions, please contact us at