“On Saturday, Prime Minister Imran Khan said that 60 per cent of all electricity generated in the country would be “clean” and renewable by 2030.
“Thirty per cent of all the country’s vehicles will use electricity,” he said.
The Premier made the remarks at the Climate Ambition Summit 2020 while speaking. The summit was a high-level simulated gathering, according to the Office of the Prime Minister, held on the occasion of the fifth anniversary of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.
PM Imran began his speech by mentioning that the contribution of Pakistan to global pollution is less than one percent.
Unfortunately, we are the fifth nation that is most vulnerable to climate change. Firstly, we have agreed that we will have strategies dependent on biology to minimise the impact of climate change.
This entails planting ten billion trees, he said, over the next three years. He noted that it has raised the number of national parks and conservation areas from 30 to 45.
At the same time, we have agreed that we won’t have coal-based electricity. Two coal-fired power plants, which were expected to generate 2,600MW of energy, have already been cancelled and replaced by hydro-electricity.
He added that the government has agreed to generate electricity either through “coal to liquid” or through “coal to gas” as far as indigenous coal is concerned, so that coal does not have to be burnt.
By assuring the summit that Pakistan would do its utmost to alleviate the consequences of climate change, he concluded his speech.