Pakistan enjoys great potential to develop renewable energy, says Chinese scholar Prof. Cheng Xizhong, according to Gwadar Pro.
He suggested that Pakistan should focus on development of renewable energy. To him Increasing the proportion of clean energy can not only reduce greenhouse gas emission, but also save a lot of foreign exchange, reduce electricity prices, attract more foreign investment and bring huge economic benefits.
Prof. Cheng Xizhong who is visiting professor at Southwest University of Political Science and Law observed that Pakistan is rich in coal resources, but thermal power will produce a lot of pollution. Now Pakistan has decided not to have any more power based on coal burning.
He viewed that Pakistan has already scrapped two coal power projects, which are supposed to produce 2,600 megawatts of energy. Pakistan has decided to produce energy either by coal to liquid or coal to gas. This is a very wise decision of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s administration. He added, at present, hydropower accounts for 32% of the gross power generation in Pakistan. On the issue of hydropower, here are two problems.
First, the power load in Pakistan is mainly concentrated in the central and southern regions, where many large and medium-sized cities are distributed, but water resources are mainly distributed in the eastern part of the country, and hydropower needs to be transmitted to the central and southern regions in a long distance.
Apart from hydropower and nuclear power, Pakistan’s renewable energy generation accounts for less than 1% of the total power generation. Nuclear power, hydropower and new renewable energy are all conducive to environmental protection.
Pakistan’s economic development has just begun. At this initial stage, the Pakistani government and people attach great importance to the development of renewable energy and environmental protection, which is worthy of high appraisal by the international community.