Energy crisis in Pakistan could be overcome by renewable energy resources that are a viable option to meet energy demands. Pakistan has vast resources for renewable energy therefore policy makers should focus this area in the larger interest of trade, industry and economy.
These views were expressed by the Chairman Pakistan Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (PCSIR) Dr. Shahzad Aalam, the LCCI President Abdul Basit and other experts while speaking at National Conference on “Renewable Energy Promotion & Innovative Technologies” here at the Lahore Chamber of Commerce & Industry. Convener LCCI Standing Committee on Renewable Energy Promotion Saeed Iqbal Bhatti, Asif Saeed, Engineer M. Hanif Chaudhry, Capt. ® M. Shoaib Hashmi, Engr. Fazal Ahmad, Engr. Syed Yasir Hassan, Shafqat Iqbal, Engr. Fatima Siddique, Prof. Dr. M. Akhyar Farrukh, Arch. Parvaiz Iqbal, Arch Shakil Qureshi, M. Yasin, Engr. Dr. Javaid Yunas Uppal and Dr. Tariq Sharifzada also spoke on the occasion.
The speakers said that Pakistan is blessed with all kinds of resources that are being used around the world as energy inputs. They narrated the potentials available in Pakistan in the form of wind, solar, and bio-gas and bagasse and distinctively discussed the options as well as developments with respect to each of them.
Dr. Shahzad Alam said that PCSIR is working for utilization of indigenous resources for the development and promotion of Industrial sector leading to import substitution and export enhancement.
He said that the Department is also carrying out self-sustaining and marketable research to contribute in the industrialization and economic growth of country and human resource development through organized training courses.
The LCCI President Abdul Basit said the business community in Lahore and the surrounding areas, as well as across Pakistan, is keen on acquiring economical and reliable alternative energy solutions to sustain their operations. He said a wide range of green technologies are available in the world for power generation, biogas and biofuels production, reducing carbon dioxide emissions and enhancing productivity and production in a sustainable and environment friendly manner.
The LCCI President said that said that alternate energy options should be exploited on war-footing. Apart from on-going programs and projects by the government, a substantial investment and policy support is needed for a successful energy transition to renewable. Private sector must be engaged and transition target should be achieved through private-public partnerships.