Pakistan taking steps to limit Greenhouse Gas emissions: PAEC Chairman

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Chairman, Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission , Dr. Raja Ali Raza Anwar has said that Pakistan is taking all the steps to limit Greenhouse Gas emissions by achieving more nuclear energy in future.

He stated this while delivering the National Statement at the 66th session of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) annual General Conference.

During his address, he said that the IAEA move to organize this GC as a Green Event is commendable.

He told the world community that Pakistan is one of the top 10 vulnerable countries to face the consequences of climate change.

He said that the recent extreme weather events have again brought into light the greatest challenge facing humanity.

Global issues require global solutions, therefore, close and unrestricted cooperation and access to nuclear power is the need of the hour.

“Pakistan is taking all the steps to limit Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions with the coming on line of the sixth operating nuclear power plant, the contribution of nuclear in the energy mix has increased to about 15% and generation of electricity through nuclear power has reached more than 3500MW. We are striving to achieve more nuclear energy in the future”, he added. He informed the audience that Pakistan through its association with IAEA is effectively utilizing nuclear science and technology towards attaining UN Sustainable Developing Goals (SDGs). Apart from power generation, Pakistan is actively engaged in the areas of agriculture, human health, industry and environment and reaping benefits of nuclear technology in these areas. Nuclear technology is playing a key role in diagnosis and treatment of cancer. PAEC has added one hospital to its fleet and now it has 19 cancer hospitals across the country. The construction of one more hospital has also started. These hospitals are catering for over one million patients annually.

Chairman PAEC said that Covid-19 pandemic has made the world cognizant of the increasing dangers associated with zoonotic diseases. IAEA’s ZODIAC initiative aims to facilitate early detection and prevention of future zoonotic outbreaks. We have benefited a great deal from the IAEA’s Technical Cooperation programme. Pakistan-IAEA TC partnership not only strengthens Pakistan national capacity through TC activities but also its capabilities and expertise to support other member states by hosting Fellowships, Scientific Visits and Training Courses / workshops under the auspices of IAEA. Pakistan has developed a comprehensive nuclear security regime. Pakistan applauds the Agency’s assistance and support in the areas of nuclear security.

A Centre of Excellence in nuclear security PCENS is functioning to train the required manpower of the country and other regional international fellows, he added.

 

 

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