Fed, Sindh govts agree to sensitize all stakeholders about energy saving steps


Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah and Federal Minister for Defence Khawaja Asif along with their respective teams discussed the roadmap of energy conservation to control petroleum import bills which have reached $80 billion in 2022.

The meeting was held in the Conference Room of Terminal-I here on Thursday, said a statement issued from Sindh Chief minister house.

The meeting was attended by Federal Ministers, Industries & Production Makhdoom Murtaza Mehmood, Housing & Works Abdul Wasay, State Minister for Petroleum Dr. Musadiq Malik, Secretary Power Rashid Langrial, NEECA Representative Sardar Moazzam were part of the federal government delegation while provincial ministers, Imtiaz Shaikh, Saeed Ghani, Jam Ikramullah Dharejo, Barrister Murtaza Wahab, Commissioner Karachi Iqbal Memon, Secretary Health Zulfiqar Shah, Secretary Energy Abu Bakar Madani assisted the chief minister.

Federal Minister Khawaja Asif told the chief minister that various energy conservation measures were presented to the federal cabinet in October 2022.

The Prime Minister had constituted a committee to fine-tune the measures, Khawaja Asif said, and added that the committee held five sessions to identify strategies for potential energy efficiency and conversion measures.

The recommendations of the committee as spelled out by the defence minister show that if 20 percent of the staff is allowed to work from home once a week it would save Rs56 billion annually.

If the closure of commercial markets is observed at 8 pm it would save Rs 62 billion per year. If alternate switching of streetlights is observed it would save Rs4.5 billion annually.

Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah thanked the federal government team for their visit and for sensitizing him about their roadmap and said that saving one unit was cheaper than producing one unit of energy. He added that realizing the fact that improvement in energy efficiency and conservation was one of the easiest and least cost-effective pathways to improve the country’s energy sector sustainability.