WASHINGTON: Pakistan assured the international community on Thursday that it would switch to 60 percent clean energy and 30% use of electric vehicles by 2030.
Speaking at the United States ‘Leaders’ Summit in Washington, the Prime Minister’s Special Assistant to Climate Change, Malik Amin Aslam, also called on developed countries to fulfill their pledge to help others make the transition from carbon-based energy to clean energy .
“We are committed to 60% clean energy and the transition to 30% electric vehicles by 2030. Therefore, Pakistan is clearly doing more than its part on the issue of climate change,” he said.
“Now, the world needs to do more in climate finance. It needs to provide climate finance to countries in energy transition, to countries that need to adapt, like Pakistan, ”added Aslam. “It is necessary to honor the commitment of US $ 100 billion per year” with this cause, as promised.
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Leaders from 40 countries are participating in this two-day virtual summit, which started on Earth Day with great promises from the world’s largest carbon emitters, China, the USA, India and Russia.
US President Biden, who is hosting this two-day virtual summit, made the biggest promise – promising to cut his country’s carbon emissions by 50 to 52% from 2005 levels.
Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga raised Japan’s target of cutting emissions to 46% by 2030, up from 26%.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has pledged to reduce his country’s emissions by 40 to 45% by 2030, below 2005 levels, by 30%.
Chinese President Xi Jinping said that China expects its carbon emissions to peak before 2030 and that the country will achieve zero net emissions by 2060.
Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed giving preferential treatment to foreign investment in clean energy projects, but he also blamed the United States for the climate crisis. “It is no secret that the conditions that facilitated global warming and the associated problems are very old,” he said.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that he and President Biden were launching the India-US climate partnership and clean energy agenda 2030 “to help mobilize investments, demonstrate clean technologies and enable green collaborations”.
Later, US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack invited Pakistan’s representative, Mr. Aslam, to share with the world what a water-scarce country like Pakistan was doing to manage its water resources.
Aslam pointed out that Pakistan contributes less than 1% to global emissions, but is one of the ten most vulnerable countries because of its topography and geography.
“We face the Himalayan glaciers that are melting in the north, the arid zones that are receiving heat waves like never before, cyclones in the south and rising sea levels and floods on the plains,” he said.
The Pakistani representative informed the world that in recent years the frequency and intensity of these disasters has increased, affecting 220 million people. “So Pakistan is really at the forefront of this climate disaster,” he said.
Pakistan, he said, is a strong and resilient nation and is doing its best to deal with the disaster. “We are planting 10 billion trees and restoring almost 1 million hectares of forests, including mangroves in the south,” he said. “Pakistan is the only country in the world with an increasing coverage of mangroves.”