On the World Environment Day the International Centre for Green Technologies and Investment Projects (ICGTIP) organized the first Kazakhstani rally of electric vehicles “Jasyl Jol” (Green way) on the route "Nur Sultan – Burabay - Nur-Sultan" supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Kazakhstan, Ministry of Energy, Foundation for the Development of Socially Important Initiatives and Nur-Sultan Akimat.
The “Jasyl Jol” initiative is a promotional campaign to increase concern over the negative environmental impact of traditional transportation sector and to highlight the opportunities alternative transport provides to tackle climate change.
The caravan of locally produced e-cars started from Nur-Sultan on 5th June and drove to Borovoye (250 km from Nur-Sultan) where they took part in the electric vehicles exhibition and drove back to the capital producing zero emissions and leaving no environmental footprint.
Before the rally IGTIC held a round table on " Promotion of alternative transportation as a contribution to the emissions reduction within the development of sustainable cities in the Republic of Kazakhstan" with the participation of representatives of central and local government agencies, automotive companies, international organizations and NGOs, as well as the business community.
"Transport contributes to more than 80% of air pollution and 25% of all GHG emissions in cities. By promoting electrical vehicle mobility through the “Jasyl Jol” initiative we show how to beat air pollution in Kazakhstan. UNDP supported sustainable transport development in Almaty, Petropavlovsk, Temirtau and Shymkent and is ready to expand its cooperation in this area by exploring new mechanisms of sustainable financing of eco-transport projects”, - said Vitalie Vremis, Deputy Resident Representative of UNDP in Kazakhstan, during the round table.
In UNDP we assist governments with integrated solutions that benefit climate and development. Thus, UNDP’s support to sustainable cities also includes integrated solutions that combine renewable energy and efficiency measures with other aspects of urban design such as sustainable mobility and transport.