LAHORE: Pakistan Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (PCSIR) Chairman Dr Shahzad Aalam has emphasised that energy crisis in the country could be overcome by tapping renewable energy resources.
“Pakistan has vast resources of renewable energy, therefore, policymakers should focus on exploiting these in the interest of trade, industry and economy,” Aalam said while addressing the national conference on “Renewable energy promotion and innovative technologies” at the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI).
He said PCSIR was working on the utilisation of domestic resources for the development and promotion of industrial sector, which would lead to import substitution and export enhancement.
He revealed that his department was carrying out self-sustaining and marketable research in order to contribute to industrialisation and economic growth in the country as well as to human resource development through organised training courses.
Speaking on the occasion, LCCI President Abdul Basit said the business community in Lahore and surrounding areas was keen on acquiring economical and reliable alternative energy solutions to run and sustain their operations.
He pointed out that a wide range of green technologies were available in the world for power generation, biogas and biofuel production, reducing carbon dioxide emissions and enhancing productivity in a sustainable and environment-friendly manner.
Basit added various alternative energy options should be exploited on a war footing in addition to the ongoing programmes and projects.
“Substantial investment and policy support is needed for a successful energy transition to renewable resources,” he said. “Private sector must be engaged and transition target should be achieved through public-private partnerships.”
Conference speakers pointed out that Pakistan was blessed with all kinds of resources that were being used around the world as inputs of energy. They highlighted the potential available in the country for wind, solar and bio-gas energy and discussed the options and developments with respect to each of them.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 25th, 2017.