Zubair Qureshi Copenhagen
Danish energy officials have been collaborating with their Pakistani counterparts for some time in capacity building, technical assistance, renewable energy integration and low carbon emissions and the two countries are now on the verge of converting this into a formal framework agreement on green energy.
Pakistan’s Ambassador to Denmark, Ahmad Farooq, expressed these views during an interview with a group of Pakistani journalists who recently visited Denmark for a study tour “Advocating on Climate Change and Transition green” organized by the Embassy of Denmark in Pakistan.
Ambassador Ahmad Farooq said both sides are just waiting for an important occasion/visit for their leaders to meet and officially announce the historic agreement.
The Pakistani envoy who came to meet the journalists of his country informed them of the bilateral relations between the two countries in general and of the collaboration in renewable energies in particular. He highlighted the challenges Pakistan was facing in this particular sector and described Denmark’s very timely and valuable technical assistance and support.
Our reliance on external energy sources like fossil fuels, gas, etc. is the main source of the country’s current account deficit and if we switch to green and clean energy, it will not only reduce this burden, but also significantly reduce carbon emissions, he said. .
Pakistan has set a target that 60% of all its energy will be generated from clean and renewable sources by 2030. If we achieve the Alternative and Renewable Energy (ARE) target, it will certainly be a milestone in the country’s energy sector, he said. Currently, the share of wind power in Pakistan’s total energy production is less than 4%, while in Denmark it is around 50%. This is where we can get the most out of Denmark, which is a world leader in green energy, he said.
Ambassador Farooq told reporters that experts from the Danish Energy Agency (DEA) exchange relevant technical knowledge and know-how with their Pakistani counterparts and provide technical assistance under the Danish Initiative. for energy transition (DETI). They held talks with officials from the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) of Pakistan, the Alternative Energy Development Board (AEDB) and the National Transmission & Dispatch Company (NTDC).
Pakistan’s renewable energy targets for 2030 were certainly very ambitious, but a new study by the World Bank has shown that the targets can be achieved in a cost-effective way.
On a question, Ambassador Farooq said his counterpart in Islamabad, Danish Ambassador Lis Rosenholm and her team have been instrumental in bringing about the meaningful cooperation between the two countries.
Although the government has changed in the meantime, the current government is also fully committed to moving forward with the alternative and renewable energy agreement with Denmark, as it can play a key role in mitigating the change. climate change and GHG reduction.
Apart from the energy collaboration, the Danish government is also working with the Pakistani government in waste management in Lahore and Faisalabad, he said. The Faisalabad waste treatment project is already in its final stages as its tender has also passed, he said. About the Pakistani community in Denmark, he said that they contribute quite positively to the Danish economy and society. Although the Danish community of Pakistani origin does not exceed 35,000 people in the country, yet it represents almost all professions and manifestations of Danish society such as business, health, politics, law, education and even development and business sectors, the Pakistani ambassador said adding they enjoyed all the benefits and rights of Danish society and the Pakistani embassy rarely received complaints from either party.