Halfway figures show that one and a half million visitors have attended the EXPO 2017 energy exposition, held in Astana, Kazakhstan.

The theme of the exposition is “Future Energy” with its subtitle being “Solutions for Tackling Humankind’s Greatest Challenge”.  The question it’s asking is: “How do we ensure safe and sustainable access to energy for all while reducing CO2 emissions?”

The aim is to create a global debate between countries, NGOs, companies and the public on a global scale.  It seems it’s a debate everyone wants to have.

On July 11th, the exhibition welcomed its one millionth visitor. Just two weeks later, the one and a half millionth visitor entered the exhibition.

In the period from July 13th to July 23th, the expo was attended by 285,300 people, on average 40,757 visitors a day. The total amount of visits in the period June 10th until July 23rd was 1,295,991.

In total 115 countries and 22 international organisations have had a presence at the expo, sharing ideas and potential solutions on how to tackle social, economic and environmental challenges, alongside practical solutions to energy issues.  The take-up wildly exceeded the organising company’s expectations.

The most popular pavilions include those featuring Africa, Egypt, India, Russia, Turkey, Japan, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Uzbekistan, Thailand and Turkmenistan.

One of the most visited facilities is Nur Alem, the main sphere and the Kazakh pavilion – which is attracting around 10,000 visitors a day. The vast spherical building reaches over eight floors and takes around two to three hours to navigate.  The Shell Children’s Lab, the Children’s Park, Cirque du Soleil, Amphitheatre, Creative Energy Area and the Energy Best Practices Area (EBPA) are also proving very popular.  The EBPA Pavilion showcases the best energy-generating projects submitted from more than 25 counties.

The expo celebrates national days of different countries – most recently focusing on Greece, Japan, Argentina, Papua New Guinea, Uganda, Singapore and Costa Rica.  Cultural events and festivals also provide frequently changing entertainment and education.

EXPO 2017 runs until September 10th, 2017.

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