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Pakistan moves towards 60% clean energy by 2030

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Islamabad: The Government of Pakistan, with the help of the Government of Denmark, has adopted an ambitious Alternative and Renewable Energy (ARE) policy to transform Pakistan’s energy sector and generate 60 percent of all energy from clean and renewable sources by 2030.

A memorandum of understanding on this matter was signed between representatives of the two governments, Pakistani Energy Minister Hammad Azhar and Danish Ambassador Lys Rosenholm. Under the agreement, Denmark will support Pakistan’s green transition and will also share knowledge and provide technical assistance through the Danish Energy Transition Initiative (DETI).

The cooperation is based on technical advice to be provided by the Danish Energy Agency, which will send four technical delegations to Pakistan, including experts from the Danish transmission system operator, Energinet, and international consultants.

Danish Experts to Expand Pakistan’s Opportunities

They will conduct seminars and trainings to help build the technical competence of Pakistani authorities, and exchange knowledge and “practical experience” from the transition to environmental safety in Denmark.

The initiative also aims to organize a study tour of Pakistani authorities to Denmark and organize events with Danish companies, financial institutions and international donors to explore business / financial opportunities and remove current Pakistani barriers, as well as necessary improvements to efficiently and environmentally expand the production and transmission network. energy in Pakistan.

Ambassador Rosenholm said: “We have taken note of the policies adopted and Pakistan’s commitment to greening. Denmark has technical expertise, knowledge and solutions that can significantly influence their implementation to help provide reliable and sustainable energy at affordable prices. ”

The cornerstone of bilateral relations

This new cooperation between Denmark and Pakistan could become a cornerstone in expanding bilateral cooperation in the field of green energy, she said.

The initiative will further enhance the technical competence of the Department of Energy and the Alternative Energy Development Board (AEDB) in energy planning and the integration of complementary renewable energy sources.

It will also increase the capacity of the National Regulatory Authority (NEPRA), the National Transmission and Dispatch Company (NTDC) and the National Power Construction Company (NPCC) to improve the regulatory framework for the integration of oscillating renewables. In addition, it will contribute to the work of the National Energy Efficiency and Conservation Agency (NEECA) to promote energy efficiency in Pakistan.

Denmark’s goal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 70 percent by 2030 and become climate neutral by 2050, according to a handout issued by the Danish Embassy.

Wind power generated 46.9% of Denmark’s electricity generation in 2019 (world record), and 60.5% of Denmark’s electricity generation comes from renewables.

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