ISLAMABAD – Dr. Musadik Malik, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister, has said Pakistan is an enormously energy inefficient country like India and is facing internal and external challenges as well, which need to be overcome to make the country an energy efficient state.
He was chairing a session on Sustainable Energy for All on the second day of 17th Sustainable Development Conference (SDC) organized by Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) in Islamabad.
“We blindly invest in the projects that do not have a future scope, as we supplied vehemently all over the country but now we are short of it,” he said, and added that thus the gas supplies are being cut down and are being replaced by LPG.
Speaking on the occasion, Muhammad Naveed Iftikhar and Ms Fatima Najeeb, Policy Practitioners from Islamabadpresented their paper on Sustainable Energy for All in South Asia: The need, potential, challenges and solutions.
They said the lack of electricity in South Asian region is an alarming concern where 26% of the population does not have access to electricity while 62% of the population lacks access to modern fuel cooking technologies. He further said the main reason for lack of access of electricity is the dependence on one type of fuel that is highly exploited while others are not.
Sohaib Malik, World Wind Energy Association (WWEA), Germany, said that South Asia is not exploiting wind energy potential. India, on the other hand, is leading the wind energy market and is currently the first in the market with a staggering high production rate whereas Pakistan only produces 106MW energy, he said.
“Insufficient grid infrastructures and interconnection facilities, lack of coordination among different government agencies and government’s inability to fulfill its power purchase commitments are the actual problems.” The way forward to overcome these problems would be to show support for renewable energy politically as well as institutionally.
In another session on “Data Revolution: Bringing Data and Evidence to Bear upon Pakistan’s Education Policy Making,” chaired by UNDP Country Director Mark-Andre Franche, the participants discussed as how data and evidence may be used to bear upon education policy making.
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