ISLAMABAD: The ambassador of European Union Jean Francois Caution paid a courtesy call to Federal Minister for Climate Change Senator Mushahidullah Khan.
European Union can help in overcoming energy crises through initiating more renewable energy projects. 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 further said that Pakistan is well aware of European Union leadership role in climate change issues. He also told the ambassador that Pakistan contribution in global carbon emission is less than 0.08% 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.
His Excellency Ambassador of European Union Jean Francois Caution informed the minister about ongoing projects in Pakistan, Initiated by European Union. He told the Minister that we are supporting in many small large hydropower projects. We are working on 165 power projects in Malakand division. The 100 projects have been complete and remaining project will be completed next year. These projects will produce 28 MW of electricity.
He also informed about 27 projects to produce renewable energy from sugarcane wastes. We are also collaborating on small and medium enterprises to make them energy efficient. He also highlighted He further added that climate change is an important pillar of European union foreign policy. We have been very active before and after Conference of Parties session 21 held in France in 2015.
The meeting was attended by Secretary Ministry of Climate Change Syed Abu Ahmed Akif, Inspector General Forests Syed Mehmood Nasir and Mr. Imran Ashraf of European Union Embassy.