International Recognised exhibition
10/06/2017 - 10/09/2017
Specialised Expo 2017 opened on 10 June in Astana, the capital of the Republic of Kazakhstan. The Expo, which is taking place on a site covering 25 hectares, will be open to the public until 10 September 2017.
Kazakhstan was elected by BIE Member States as the host of Expo 2017 during the General Assembly of 22 November 2012, and Expo 2017 Astana was formally recognised by the General Assembly on 11 June 2014.
Expo 2017 is being organised under the theme ‘Future Energy’. This, along with the three subthemes – Reducing CO2 Emissions, Living Energy Efficiency, and Energy for All – allow the Expo to present the state of energy today and to showcase sustainable solutions and innovative technologies.
Expo 2017 organisers expect over 5 million visits during the 93 days that it is open.
For information on buying tickets to Expo 2017 Astana, please visit tickets.expo2017astana.com/en
The Expo, which lasts 93 days, and is one of the most spectacular cultural venues of 2017. Expo 2017 Astana includes over 3,000 themed, cultural and entertainment events. Over 110 countries are participating in the Expo.
Expo 2017 Astana is expected to gather over 2 million visitors from all over the world, with a total of 5 million visits. The site of the Expo was conceived with the theme at its heart, giving all visitors the opportunity to discover “Future Energy” both inside and outside the pavilions. The Expo showcases the theme through interactive and educational exhibits in thematic and international pavilions, and by fostering intellectual debate and creativity through the Future Energy Forum.
Lasting from 29 June to 5 September, the Future Energy Forum will be one of the main features of the Expo, hosting debates, workshops, panels and thematic weeks throughout its duration. Three Future Energy conferences based on the three subthemes were organised in the years leading up to the Expo, in order to prepare the ground for the main event.
Aimed at stimulating international cooperation, the Future Energy Forum will gather top-level scientists, political representatives and energy experts from across the world to discuss the following themes:
- Energy Revolution
- Low-carbon technologies
- Renewable technology solutions
- Social economics of a new energy model
- Universal Access to Sustainable Energy
- Energy efficiency in the city: urban planning, construction and transport.
The conclusions of the Future Energy Forum will provide the basis for the Manifest of Values and Principles, a document that will codify the Expo’s intellectual legacy and serve as a global policy document including directives and recommendations to promote an energy-efficient lifestyle and the wide use of renewable energy.
‘Future Energy’ addresses global energy-related challenges that have a direct impact on the basic aspects of life on the planet. High among them are the following:
• Global warming and climate change;
• Fair opportunities for economic development for all nations;
• Energy security and allocation of resources;
• Access to water;
• Protection of biodiversity, and
• Promotion of world equity.
‘Future Energy’ covers a wide range of issues relating to the future of energy resources and taps into the growing global interest in both combating climate change and ensuring sustainable development.
To tackle this issue, Expo 2017 Astana has identified three subthemes that present an overview of the state of energy today, and showcase sustainable solutions and technological innovations:
• Reducing CO2 emissions.
The environmental challenge: to protect our environment and promote trends that lead to environmental enhancement.
• Efficient energy use.
The economic challenge: to promote energy efficiency and the rational use of energy.
• Energy for all.
The social challenge: access to energy as a basic human need and right.
Expo 2017 Astana spans an area of 174 ha, with the exhibition space taking up 25 ha. The Expo site includes the National Pavilion of Kazakhstan, the Museum of Future Energy, the Energy Best Practices Area, international, themed and corporate pavilions, as well as trade and entertainment facilities. The non-exhibition area will feature a conference centre, a press centre, an indoor city, residential buildings and hotels.
The centrepiece of the Expo site is the eight-storey Sphere - Nur Alem - with a diameter of 80 metres. The structure is powered by a photovoltaic system and two noiseless wind turbines, and its design ensures reduced power consumption from the grid.
The National Pavilion of Kazakhstan, located in a 5,000 m2 area at the base of the Sphere, is divided into two zones: “Insight into Kazakhstan” and “Creative Energy”.
The upper floors house the Museum of Future Energy, which will let visitors discover the different sources of energy, and will include “Future Astana” – a visionary exhibit of a city of the future.
Two dedicated theme pavilion explore “Future Energy” through interactive and educational exhibits. The first begins with the origins of energy and moves through to renewable energy and the latest technological innovations, including smart grids and smart cities. The second thematic pavilion showcases the human relationship with energy, with a focus on different forms of energy consumption and environmental challenges.
The Energy Best Practices Area (eBPa) is one of the central events of Expo 2017 Astana, in which selected technologies, projects and policies from various areas of sustainable energy management will be presented to the public. The area showcases over 20 innovative projects selected by a panel of experts.
The projects were selected based on their relevance and innovation concerning the following themes:
- Renewable and alternative energy
- Energy efficiency and traditional energy
- Energy storage
- Energy distribution
- Using the energy of natural resources
From its conception, the Masterplan of Expo 2017 Astana embodied “Future Energy”, with the design of the site adapted to local conditions in order to reduce energy use and maximise energy generation potential. Developed by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, each building was designed to have the most efficient orientation to optimise solar radiation, reducing the need for heating.
Located near Nazarbayev University, the site will allow the creation of a hub for research and innovative thinking. Expo buildings will be transformed after the Expo to fit this ambition, as a new economic centre of the city.
The Site itself will be divided into a science and technology park, a cultural complex, residential and commercial areas and 40ha of green and leisure space.
This transformation of the Expo site will boost the development of the district, with new commercial and residential areas to be developed to the North West and East of the Expo site, and the creation of research projects with Nazarbayev University.
Astana is Asia’s northernmost capital. Due to its convenient location in the centre of Eurasia, Astana is an economically profitable transport, communication and logistics hub. It functions as a bridge between Europe and Asia. The city is famous for its modern architecture, including some designed by leading architects such as Norman Foster and Kisho Kurokawa.
Since becoming the capital of Kazakhstan in 1997, Astana's population has tripled, reaching 1 million citizens.
The city is preparing to host a number of global events, including Expo 2017 Astana and the 2017 summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO).