Academia urged to play role in smooth energy transition

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Zubair Qureshi

The gap between policy makers, academia and industry needs to be bridged for smooth and efficient energy transition in Pakistan.

They shared these views while participating in a webinar titled ‘Road to COP26: Role of Academia in Energy Transition of Pakistan’ organized by Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI).

According to the Dean of Energy Department, Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), Dr Fiaz Chaudhry, what was missing in the existing policies pertaining to the energy sector was the right planning to meet needs of the day.

Prof Nadeem Ahmed Shaikh, Dean, Department of Mechanical Engineering, International Islamic University, Islamabad (IIUI), highlighted the importance of broader collaboration amongst the stakeholders in the energy sector and said that sustainability of the natural resources should also be evaluated.

Elaborating the importance of data regarding Energy Sector in Pakistan, Dr Abdul Sattar Nizami, Associate Prof. Government College University, Lahore, opined that to reduce knowledge gap in the sector, the academia and policy makers should work together to simplify the knowledge.

Dr Muzzafar Ali, University of Engineering, and technology Taxila, highlighted the effective communication between all stakeholders including academia and government institutions should be focused upon for smooth energy transition in the country.

Dr Sajid Amin, Research Fellow, SDPI, emphasized that local energy transition needs local solutions.

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