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Pakistan boosts renewable energy


An employee checks reading of an electricity meter in Islamabad. Agence France-Presse

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s new renewable energy policy to help reduce carbon footprints drastically by increasing its share to 30% from existing 4% by year 2030 and together with hydel resources the clean and green resources share for electricity generation will cross 60%.

This was stated by Federal Minister for Power Omar Ayub Khan in a meeting with European Union Ambassador Jean-Francois Cautain here in Islamabad.

Chairman Prime Minister Pakistan’s Task Force on Energy, Nadeem Babar was also present during the meeting.

The Minister informed the EU Ambassador regarding the new renewable energy policy. He apprised that government has planned increasing share of renewable energy to 30% till year 2030. The share of hydel component in energy mix is also near 30% that will mean that by year 2030, more than 60% of country Pakistan’s electricity will be from clean and green resources. Pakistan is going to drastically reduce the carbon footprints with these measures, he added.

further apprised that in April this year, seminar on energy conservation is being planned, thus on one side the government is promoting clean and green energy while on other the energy conservation which will help to further reduce the carbon emissions.

Pakistan per capita energy consumption pattern is indicating high demand in the near future offering huge investment opportunities in power generation, transmission and distribution with competitive return on investment.

Omar Ayub Khan said that Pakistan Pakistan’s per capita energy consumption is around 500 KW almost 700 KW less than the region, while 2400 KW less than China and more than 7000KW less than developed countries.

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