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Energy transition to be major component of Pakistan’s planning: Amin Aslam

By Jamila Achakzai
December 31, 2021

Islamabad : Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Climate Change, Malik Amin Aslam has said that the energy transition is a major component of Pakistan’s recent Energy Planning and thus, it has been given significant importance in revised Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and the country’s interventions at Conference to Parties (COP26).

He was speaking at the official launch of ‘The Network for Clean Energy Transition (NCET) -- Research and Advocacy,” by Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI). Aslam on the occasion assured of his support to the network and cause of energy transition in Pakistan.

The Network for Clean Energy Transition for Research and Advocacy is a first-of-its-kind initiative in Pakistan, which aims to address the critical dimensions of the energy transition for achieving SDG-7. Dr Hina Aslam, Research Fellow, SDPI highlighting the objective of the network said that energy and climate change are the core challenges for Pakistan. She said further that media, academia, researchers, technical experts, civil society, financial institutes, corporate sector, INGO parliamentarians, concerned ministries, and relevant stakeholders would be part of the network. Senator Faisal Javed, while sharing his views informed the participants that Pakistan has become the first country in the world to meet the International ‘Bonn Challenge’ by restoring over 350,000 hectares of land. He said that the Network is expected to play an important role to make a socio-economic case for the energy transition in Pakistan.

Dr. Abid Qaiyum Suleri, Executive Director, SDPI, while welcoming all the members of the network, mentioned various recent initiatives of Pakistan to overcome the challenges in the energy sector as well as the challenges posed by climate change. Syma Nadeem, MNA/Parliamentary Secretary for Interprovincial Coordination, emphasized the need for the indigenization of renewable energy technologies and manufacturing units of Solar power plants.

Shah Jahan Mirza, Managing Director, Private Power, and Infrastructure Board (PPIB) was of the view that the Government of Pakistan has shown a strong commitment towards increasing the share of renewable energy through ARE Policy 2019. He said the total share of clean and green energy by 2030 is expected to be over 60%.