International Recognised exhibition

10/06/2017 - 10/09/2017

Future Energy

Official Designation
Expo Astana 2017

Area (ha)


Participants (Official)




Specialised Expo 2017 took place in Astana, the capital of the Republic of Kazakhstan, between 10 June and 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 was organised under the theme ‘Future Energy’. This, along with the three subthemes – Reducing CO2 Emissions, Living Energy Efficiency, and Energy for All – allowed the Expo to present the state of energy in 2017 and to showcase sustainable solutions and innovative technologies.

3 months dedicated to Future Energy

The Expo, which lasted 93 days, was one of the most spectacular cultural venues of 2017. Expo 2017 Astana included over 3,000 themed, cultural and entertainment events. 115 countries and 22 international organisations participated in the Expo.

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 showcased the theme through interactive and educational exhibits in thematic and international pavilions, and by fostering intellectual debate and creativity through the Future Energy Forum.

A place of exchange and cooperation

Lasting from 29 June to 5 September, the Future Energy Forum was 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 gathered 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 provided the basis for the Manifest of Values and Principles, a document that codifies the Expo’s intellectual legacy and serves as a global policy document including directives and recommendations to promote an energy-efficient lifestyle and the wide use of renewable energy.

Future Energy

"Future Energy" addressed global energy-related challenges having a direct impact on the basic aspects of life on the planet. These challenges include 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.

The theme covered a wide range of issues relating to the future of energy resources and tapped into the global interest in both combating climate change and ensuring sustainable development.

To tackle this issue, Expo 2017 Astana identified three subthemes that present an overview of the state of energy in 2017, in order 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.

A unique setting to address “Future Energy”

Expo 2017 Astana spanned an area of 174 ha, with the exhibition space taking up 25 ha. The Expo site included 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 featured a conference centre, a press centre, residential buildings and hotels.

The Sphere

Nur Alem - an eight-storey sphere with a diameter of 80 metres - was built as the heart of the Expo site. 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, was divided into two zones: “Insight into Kazakhstan” and “Creative Energy”.

The upper floors house the Museum of Future Energy, which lets visitors discover the different sources of energy, and includes “Future Astana” – a visionary exhibit of a city of the future.

The Theme Pavilions

Two dedicated theme pavilions explored the “Future Energy” theme through interactive and educational exhibits. The first began with the origins of energy and moved through to renewable energy and the latest technological innovations, including smart grids and smart cities. The second thematic pavilion showcased the human relationship with energy, with a focus on different forms of energy consumption and environmental challenges.

The Energy Best Practices Area

The Energy Best Practices Area (eBPa) was one of the central events of Expo 2017 Astana, in which selected technologies, projects and policies from various areas of sustainable energy management were be presented to the public. The area showcased 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

Energy Efficiency built into the Masterplan

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 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 40 ha 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.