The CO2degrees Challenge reaches Kazakhstan and the World EXPO 2017

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Future energy was the topic at the heart of the 2017 World EXPO, and our CO2degrees Education program was right there, engaging local students and energy experts alike, in a lively conversation about creating a sustainable, low emissions, energy future.


The CO2degrees Challenge reaches Kazakhstan.                      

 Photo credit: Photographic Services, Shell International Ltd



Since the June launch of the 2017 World Expo, 115 nations and over 1.5 million visitors from across the globe arrived in Astana, capital city of Kazakhstan, to visit the different World Pavilions and hear from an impressive collection of Nobel Laureates, energy experts, Government officials and industrial leaders, all debating and discussing our future energy options as part of the Future Energy Forum. For Kazakhstan, a country that’s current energy mix is 97% fossil fuels, this is a critically important conversation.


The Institute’s Senior Consultant on Public and Community Engagement delivered an interactive ‘Energising Energy’ workshop to industry professionals, local educators and university students, exploring practical methods to improve their communication of energy, climate change and carbon capture and storage (CCS). 


The CO2degrees Energising Energy Communication Workshop got off to a flying start with an active demonstration of the impact of CO2 and other Greenhouse gases in our atmosphere, and a look at CO2 and ocean acidification.

Photo credit: Future Energy Forum/ Triad



Next was a set of public science education activities, live from Shell’s ‘Future Energy Lab’. Then the highlight of the week, was introducing the CO2degrees Education Challenge to Astana with support from the Shell ‘Make the Future’ Pavilion.


We held a fun-filled CO2degrees workshop for the excellent Year 5&6 students at Haileybury Astana, exploring global energy and energy demands in Kazakhstan, the impacts of CO2, all the actions required to tackle climate change and an introduction to carbon capture and storage. The students were then left with the challenge of sharing all they had been learned with others!