On Sunday, Dr. Musadik Malik, Minister of State for Petroleum Division, emphasized that Pakistan is committed to accomplishing a fair and clean energy transition, prioritizing the well-being of future generations over global opinions.
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Dr. Musadik Malik Addresses Climate Action Consultation 2023
Within the framework of a parliamentary consultation centered around the theme “Incorporating Just Energy Transition and Climate Action in Election Manifestos 2023,” Dr. Musadik Malik played a pivotal role by addressing the gathering.
This comprehensive consultation marked a collaborative endeavor jointly organized by two significant entities: the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) and the Parliamentary Taskforce on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as substantiated by an official press release.
The convergence of these influential organizations served as a testament to the shared commitment towards promoting sustainable and equitable energy transitions, as well as addressing climate action, within the context of upcoming election manifestos for the year 2023.
State Minister Stresses Urgent Support for Fair Clean Energy Transition Amidst Global Crisis
Drawing attention to the significant consequences of the Russia-Ukraine crisis, the State Minister emphasized the adverse effects that manifested as disproportionate energy price hikes in developing nations.
These sudden increases have impeded their strides toward embracing clean energy solutions and hindered the accessibility of such technologies.
To counteract these challenges, there arises a critical imperative to reinforce the momentum toward a just and clean energy transition.
This reinforcement should be underpinned by substantial financial assistance for developing countries, fostering both the transfer of advanced energy technologies and the cultivation of local development initiatives.
Notably, the State Minister underscored that accountability for achieving a clean energy transition should extend its reach beyond merely developing nations.
Instead, it should encompass a shared commitment across the international spectrum, highlighting the global responsibility to collectively address the urgent need for sustainable energy adoption.
Promoting Energy Evolution: Pakistan’s Petroleum Companies Eye Renewables
Dr. Musadik stressed that Pakistan’s petroleum companies, such as Oil and Gas Development Company Limited (OGDCL), Pakistan Petroleum Limited (PPL), and Pakistan State Oil (PSO), have been encouraged to evolve into energy entities.
These companies are actively exploring opportunities to venture into renewable energy investments.
Underlining the significance, Romina Khurshid Alam, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister, underscored the importance of incorporating climate action and renewable energy as integral components of political party manifestos.
This strategic inclusion not only showcases a resolute dedication to combatting climate change but also reinforces Pakistan’s standing in international climate finance partnerships.
The integration of clean energy solutions, equitable energy transition, and climate initiatives within election manifestos goes beyond addressing the climate emergency; it signifies a steadfast commitment to ensuring social equity, economic advancement, and global leadership.
Additionally, she put forward a proposal to collaboratively phase out fossil fuels with SDPI.
Senator Calls for Policy Alignment to Accelerate Renewable Energy Integration in Pakistan
During the parliamentary consultation focused on the clean energy transition, several key points emerged. Senator Taj Haider highlighted the necessity of consistent policies to swiftly integrate renewable energy, pointing out challenges in distribution infrastructure and investor engagement.
Dr. Shafqat Munir of SDPI stressed the urgency of addressing contemporary challenges through effective strategies, including the proposal for an international treaty to phase out fossil fuels.
Dr. Sebastian Paust from the German Embassy underlined the importance of merging global energy financing with local resources for resilience, advocating for streamlined regulatory frameworks.
Syed Aqeel Jafri from the Alternative Energy Development Board emphasized the need for transmission infrastructure upgrades and increased private sector participation in renewable initiatives.
Badar Alam of PRIED underscored the dual importance of renewable policies addressing both climate justice and marginalized communities.
Asad Mahmood proposed legislative measures to promote renewable energy in industrial settings and off-grid projects.
Dr. Hassan Daud highlighted the significance of tapping into domestic resources and enhancing regulations for a smoother clean energy transition.
The consultation drew together experts from various fields, including academia, civil society organizations, finance, development partners, and diplomatic missions.
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