Call to make maximum use of renewable energy technologies


Zubair Qureshi

Islamabad—Ministry of Science & Technology has shown strong support towards initiatives related to renewable energy technologies (RETs) emphasizing upon academia, industry and R&D organizations to make extraordinary efforts to enhance the share of RETs in Pakistan’s total energy mix. “Pakistan is endowed with a lot of solar energy throughout the year, which is a great investment opportunity for foreign and local business enterprises,” said Minister of Science and Technology Rana Tanveer Hussain while speaking at the inaugural ceremony of International Conference and Exhibition on Renewable Energy Technologies, held in Islamabad on Tuesday. The event was organized by Pakistan Council of Renewable Energy Technologies (PCRET) and the COMSATS in collaboration with ISESCO. The event will conclude on October 20, 2016.
Speaking to a gathering of over 120 participants, inter alia, from, academia, industry, R&D organizations, local and international speakers and participants, and media personnel, the Minister considered it important to fully exploit the RETs for successful implementation of the Government’s energy policies, especially amidst the huge concerns related to energy scarcity. Noting the abundance of solar energy available with the developing countries, he considered RETs a solution to their energy security issues. He considered the presence of eminent Pakistani and foreign scientists, academicians and experts an encouraging sign and hoped for the best outcomes of the event. Speaking on the occasion, Science and Technology Fazal Abbas Maken highlighted the importance of RETs, especially in view of the rising environmental concerns due to rapid climate change. He called for more efforts to include the share of renewable energy in the total energy mix of Pakistan. He lauded PCRET’s efforts to install microhydel plants in the mountainous regions of Pakistan, including Gilgit and Baltistan and Kashmir, and those in Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa.
Both the Minister and the Federal Secretary considered the Conference a welcome event, and hoped that the deliberations of the event would result in bringing together, academia, industry and R&D organizations to best utilize RETs for addressing major energy issues. Earlier, the representatives of the collaborating organizations shared their views and expectations for the event. Dr. Basharat Mehmood, Director PCRET, noted that the vast renewable energy resources available in Pakistan are among the highest in the world. He stated that PCRET is making all-out efforts to strengthen the area of RETs that has a lot of significance for present energy scenario of the country, and hoped that the deliberations of the event would enrich the Council’s efforts with new knowledge, wisdom and best practices in the field.