ISLAMABAD – Climate change can be alleviated under China, Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), as it is continuously showing positive results through various initiatives taken in recent years, Shen Lei, Executive Secretary of China Society of Natural Resources (CSNR), a scholar of Chinese Academy of Science (CAS), has said.
“The target is higher than expected, but under the CPEC, it is entirely possible for Pakistan to achieve this goal with the support of technology, investment and equipment,” Shen Lei told Gwadar Pro yesterday.
Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Climate Change, at the world leaders’ climate summit on April 22 had promised a 60% clean energy share in the country by 2030 by saying, “Pakistan has committed more than its share on climate change.”
Shen added, “Pakistan is rich in clean energy resources, but the degree of development is low, and the supply and demand are seriously unbalanced. Moreover, its power grid around the country is behind with large transmission loss. Energy structure adjustment is an effective way to solve the problem of energy shortage in Pakistan.”
With the increase of distributed renewable energy generation, it is very important to fully invest and upgrade the power grid for the safe accommodation of volatile clean power.
Shen said, “Obviously, the vigorous development of clean energy will not only make a great contribution to coping with the challenge of global climate change, but also bring a lot of benefits for Pakistan to improve the ecological environment, create economic growth opportunities and improve the quality of life of residents.”
China is striving to peak carbon dioxide emissions by 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality by 2060. Shen said, “So far, more than 30 countries and regions around the world have committed to the goal of carbon neutrality.