- Wednesday | 31 Aug, 2022
- Hina Aslam, Ubaid ur Rehman Zia
- Working Papers
In Pakistan, energy wastage and environmental degradation are coupled with increase in energy demand. Between 2015-20, the energy demand of the country had grown with an annual compound growth rate of 4.4%. Meanwhile, the total CO2 emissions have also grown at a rate of 4.49% thus indicating a strong direct index between the two. While Pakistan’s carbon footprints (2.18 t-CO2/capita) are still below the global average, the disparity between livelihood conditions of developed and under-developed communities is significantly high. Consequently, Pakistan is ranked among the top 7 countries that are most severely impacted by the climate change. On average, Pakistan suffers an annual loss of $ 3.8 billion due to climate impacts. With the increase in global warming, these impacts are expected to exacerbate unless necessary measures are taken in terms of mitigation and adaptation.