Switching to renewable energy way forward for Pakistan: Energy Minister

Panelists of the Seminar Titled Renewable Energy the way Forward organize by ISA and Alliance for Good Governance Foundation
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By Shabbir Hussain

ISLAMABAD, Nov 24(Alliance News): Caretaker Minister for Energy Muhammad Ali Thursday said the future of renewable energy in Pakistan holds great promise as the country seeks to address its growing energy demands while mitigating the environmental impact of traditional energy sources.

While addressing a seminar titled Renewable Energy the Way Forward jointly organized by Information Service Academy and Alliance for Good Governance Foundation, the minister said with abundant sunlight and wind resources, Pakistan has significant potential for solar and wind energy generation.

Muhammad Ali said that the government’s commitment to increasing the share of renewable in the energy mix, coupled with international support and investment, and is paving the way for a sustainable energy future.

Initiatives such as the Alternative Energy Development Board (AEDB) and the implementation of supportive policies and incentives for renewable energy projects are driving the transition, he said.

A diversified renewable energy not only enhances energy security but also contributes to reducing carbon emissions, aligning with global efforts to combat climate change, he added.

The future of renewable energy in Pakistan represents a crucial step towards a cleaner, more sustainable and resilient energy landscape.

The minister said that the government of Pakistan had recently approved the National Electricity Plan 2023 which provided guidelines, implementation mechanisms and tools for the realization of the National Electricity Policy goals for the power sector.

Muhammad Ali laid emphasis on decarbonisation and electrification, saying that they were critical components of Pakistan’s energy strategy for the future.

The minister also discussed the possible plan to expand sustainable energy, particularly focusing on wind and solar energy.

Power sector plays an important role in climate change mitigation and accordingly the government is giving top priority to just energy transition in Pakistan.

He said that the true success of the transition was to have the real impact in the area of sustainable energy. The aim is to gradually decrease the tariff and move towards utilization of indigenous resource

He outlined three key priorities for the energy sector: First, addressing exploration challenges by improving data availability, removing payment barriers, and revising policies; second, expanding the natural gas supply; and third, focusing on the power sector, including transmission investments, promoting renewables, and resolving circular debt to ensure a stable power supply and payment resolution,” he said.

Other speakers also highlighted the importance of renewable energy for Pakistan. Managing Director Private Private Power and Infrastructure Board (PPIB) Shah Jahan Mirza, said that clean energy was the top priority of Pakistan.

He said that the one scenario will be the green scenario where the progress of wind and solar energy will be discussed and the other scenario will be the economic aspect.

Researchers, students from PIDE

He said, “In the past, Pakistan has not focused as much on decarbonisation but now there is a huge focus on this.”

He said Pakistan was working to develop renewable energy projects, improve energy efficiency, and reduce its reliance on fossil fuels. Pakistan was also looking to partners in the Middle East to help it achieve its decarbonisation goals, he said.

The seminar was attended by MD PPIB Mr. Shah Jahan Mirza, Energy expert Engr. Asad Mahamood, Mr. Irfan Mirza from renewable energy resource, Mr. Ashraf Rana, Energy expert Dr. Irfan Yousaf, Economist Dr. Noor Fatima from IIUI, and officials of REAP.

Sr Journalist Shabbir Hussain moderating a seminar titled Renewable Energy the way forward here at ISA

Director General ISA Saeed Ahmed Sheikh, representatives of civil society, academia, electronic and print media and University students.


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