Spain at Astana Expo 2017: Energy for the Planet

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Spain at Astana Expo 2017: Energy for the Planet

A group of children at the Spanish Pavilion in Astana Expo 2017. Photo: EFE/EPA/Igor Kovalenko.
A group of children at the Spanish Pavilion in Astana Expo 2017. Photo: EFE/EPA/Igor Kovalenko.

‘Energy for the Planet’ is the phrase Spain chose to open its Pavilion at Expo 2017, held in Astana, Kazakhstan, from 10 June to 10 September. The Expo shows the efforts made by participating countries and organisations in the field of alternative and renewable energy.

Expo 2017, whose main theme is ‘Energy for the Future’, gathers 115 countries and 22 organisations from all over the world. The aim is to discuss and acquire knowledge in a sustainable, efficient and diversified energy model to help achieve the goals in the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Seventeen heads of State from all over the world and the leaders of the member countries of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) – Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Pakistan and India – attended the opening of the Expo.

Astana Expo is an international stage for Spain to show the work done in the field of renewable energy and our country’s leading role in research into and use of clean energy.

At the opening of the Spanish pavilion there were King Felipe IV of Spain, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Alfonso Dastis, and Energy, Tourism and the Digital Agenda, Álvaro Nadal; the High Commissioner for Marca España, Carlos Espinosa de los Monteros; and the curator of the pavilion and President of Spain’s Public Agency for Cultural Action (AC/E), Fernando Benzo, among other relevant figures.

Spain’s significant developments in the fields of wind, PV solar and hydroelectric power, as well as heat use (solar thermal energy, biomass, biogas, biofuel and municipal solid waste) are being shown in Expo 2017 to prove our commitment to sustainable energy sources.

Astana Expo 2017 focuses on the need to reduce CO2 emissions and fuel consumption, and to increase energy independence in communities and regions around the world.

Once the Expo is over, the exhibition facilities will house the biggest financial centre in central Asia, plus the International Green Technologies Centre under the auspices of the UN.

According to the exhibition organisers, more than 5 million people will visit the Expo, whose 3000 events include a variety of entertainment and cultural activities.