Pakistan to participate in Malta Ocean Conference next month

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Climate Change, Senator Mushahidullah Khan Wednesday said Pakistan would participate in Ocean Conference scheduled in Malta next month (October).

He was talking to the ambassador of European Union Jean Francois Caution, who paid a courtesy call to the minister.

Mushahidullah said that European Union can help in overcoming energy crises through initiating more renewable energy projects, adding that these renewable energy products would also help to mitigate climate change in Pakistan.

He specifically mentioned producing renewable energy from the waste produced from Buffalo Colony, hospital and industries in Karachi.

It would save Arabian Sea from pollution and help in growth of mangroves and marine life, he said and added that Pakistan was well aware of European Union leadership role in climate change issues.

He also told the ambassador that Pakistan contribution in global carbon emission was less than 0.08 per cent but climate change is affecting badly crops and habitats.

He also accepted the invitation from ambassador to participate in Ocean Conference being held in Malta earlier October 2017.

On the occasion, Ambassador of European Union Jean Francois Caution informed the minister about ongoing projects in Pakistan, initiated by European Union.

He told the Minister that EU were supporting in many small, large hydropower projects and had been working on 165 power projects in Malakand division.

As many as 100 projects had been completed and remaining projects would be completed next year, which would produce 28 MW of electricity.

He also informed about 27 projects to produce renewable energy from sugarcane wastes besides informing the minister about collaborations on small and medium enterprises to make them energy efficient.

He highlighted that climate change was an important pillar of European Union foreign policy, adding the EU had been very active before and after Conference of Parties session 21 held in France in 2015.

Among others, the meeting was attended by Secretary Ministry of Climate Change Syed Abu Ahmed Akif, Inspector General Forests Syed Mehmood Nasir and Imran Ashraf of European Union Embassy.