Minister: (Renewable energy is future of Pakistan, says Mushahid Ullah)

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Climate Change, Senator Mushahid Ullah Khan has said that Renewable energy, which is clean and environment-friendly, is future of Pakistan.

“Pakistan is abundantly replete with the renewable energy sources, which can help the country cope with deepening energy crises and pave the way for achieving sustainable development goals,” the minister underlined.

In a press statement issued here on Sunday in the context of the Earth Hour event observed across the world including Pakistan, he explained that renewable energy is generally defined as energy that comes from resources, which are naturally replenished on a human timescale such as sunlight, wind, rain, tides, waves and geothermal heat.

Highlighting the importance of marking the Earth Hour, the minister Mushahid Ullah Khan said that the global Earth Hour event, in fact, calls for the global climate action by investing in renewable energy technologies to free the world including Pakistan of reliance on fossil fuels for energy generation, which are unclean, unreliable and not environment-friendly.

“However, the global event presses on need for tapping massively available renewable energy potential to achieve sustainable development goals including eradicating poverty, hunger, providing clean drinking water and basic health facilities,” he said.

Talking about identified areas replete with renewable energy sources, the minister said that Pakistan’s north is full of hydro-power potential while western and eastern parts are known for abundant solar energy potential. Apart from it, huge untapped wind energy potential has been identified in the country’s south.

He said there is no paucity of these natural resources of power generation and relevant government departments particularly the Alternative Energy Development Board (AEDB) and Pakistan Council of Renewable Energy Technologies (PCRET) need to play their due part to provide energy from these renewable energy sources, which are sustainable and eco-friendly.

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