Pakistan setting up world’s largest solar park

Published: November 30, 2016

ISLAMABAD: Minister of Climate Change Zahid Hamid has boasted that Pakistan is setting up world’s largest solar park of 1,000 megawatts as part of its plan to promote production of renewable energy in the country.

“Pakistan has also enacted the National Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act 2016 to promote effective conservation and efficient use of energy,” he said while addressing a press conference on Tuesday.

The minister led a Pakistani delegation for participation in the COP22 Conference in Morocco recently, which provided an opportunity to highlight the significant achievements made to address the impact of climate change.

Although blessed, Pakistan’s politics remain an obstacle

Hamid said the world community was informed that Pakistan’s contribution to global warming was minimal as “we emit less than 1% of the annual global greenhouse gas emissions. Yet we are ranked amongst the top 10 countries that are most vulnerable to climate change.”

The world community was also informed that Pakistan faced several major risks pertaining to climate change including glacier melting, variable monsoons, recurrent floods, rise in sea levels, higher average temperatures and higher frequency of droughts.

Millions of people had been affected and a colossal damage was caused on a recurring basis, he said.

“These threats pose major survival concerns for Pakistan, particularly in relation to water security, food security and energy security,” Hamid said, adding these threats also had enormous adverse consequences for all socio-economic sectors, limiting the country’s ability to promote sustainable growth and development.

The minister emphasised that Pakistan as a responsible member of the global community had taken substantial steps, especially during 2016, to tackle the threat of climate change.

Pakistan producing more than 1,000MW of clean energy

He termed the launch of Rs2-billion Prime Minister’s Green Pakistan Programme, which would be implemented across the country, a historic initiative. “This will establish a high-level, policymaking Pakistan Climate Change Council along with Pakistan Climate Change Authority.”

The minister added Pakistan had developed the National Sustainable Development Strategy and had perhaps become the first country in the world whose National Assembly passed a unanimous resolution adopting the SDGs as its own national development agenda.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 30th, 2016.

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Reader Comments (8)

  • ahmad
    Nov 30, 2016 - 12:08PM

    what happened to the quaid e azam solar power plant? heard it hardly produces 10 MwattsRecommend

  • Feroz
    Nov 30, 2016 - 1:25PM

    Is this real news or fake news ? What is the capital outlay and source of funds ?Recommend

  • Tassadduq Rasool
    Nov 30, 2016 - 3:28PM

    My VOTE here is negative. This is an emotional decision. Already, 20,000 MW projects are under construction. Some are of coal, gasoline. So, if you want to counter climate change, then why the previous coal based projects are initiated? This is costly one. While a WINDMILL is simplest one. Karachi, Balochistan, Thar, all are well suited. If you want to counter climate change, the go and talk to INDIA about C-reductions. All monsoon and weather patterns are based on INDIAN influence on climate. You must negotiate for this. For clean energy stand with INDIA, to get and help each other in projects related to clean energy.Recommend

  • Libra
    Nov 30, 2016 - 3:31PM

    What percentage Sharifs will get?Recommend

  • Abdul Sana
    Nov 30, 2016 - 4:36PM

    Now, get ready for solar scam.Recommend

  • Ranjha
    Nov 30, 2016 - 7:58PM

    Hilarious. His buddy Shobaz is helping the environment by putting up used coal fired Chinese plants! God save the environment from these monkeys with sharp razors!Recommend

  • Kip Kipchoge
    Nov 30, 2016 - 8:06PM

    What Pakistan needs is banning wood burning, automobile & 2-stroke engine emission and industrial pollution before it should flaunt its Pakistan Green Programme. I’m sick of this government’s political rhetoric as if to pacify the common citizen of the hidden agenda to create personal contracts at the expense of the masses. Recommend

  • Haji Atiya
    Dec 1, 2016 - 6:23AM

    @Tassadduq Rasool:
    Go nuclear all the way !Recommend

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