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Global Go To Think Tank Index (GGTTI) 2020 launched                    111,75 Think Tanks across the world ranked in different categories.                SDPI is ranked 90th among “Top Think Tanks Worldwide (non-US)”.           SDPI stands 11th among Top Think Tanks in South & South East Asia & the Pacific (excluding India).            SDPI notches 33rd position in “Best New Idea or Paradigm Developed by A Think Tank” category.                SDPI remains 42nd in “Best Quality Assurance and Integrity Policies and Procedure” category.              SDPI stands 49th in “Think Tank to Watch in 2020”.            SDPI gets 52nd position among “Best Independent Think Tanks”.                           SDPI becomes 63rd in “Best Advocacy Campaign” category.                   SDPI secures 60th position in “Best Institutional Collaboration Involving Two or More Think Tanks” category.                       SDPI obtains 64th position in “Best Use of Media (Print & Electronic)” category.               SDPI gains 66th position in “Top Environment Policy Tink Tanks” category.                SDPI achieves 76th position in “Think Tanks With Best External Relations/Public Engagement Program” category.                    SDPI notches 99th position in “Top Social Policy Think Tanks”.            SDPI wins 140th position among “Top Domestic Economic Policy Think Tanks”.               SDPI is placed among special non-ranked category of Think Tanks – “Best Policy and Institutional Response to COVID-19”.                                            Owing to COVID-19 outbreak, SDPI staff is working from home from 9am to 5pm five days a week. All our staff members are available on phone, email and/or any other digital/electronic modes of communication during our usual official hours. You can also find all our work related to COVID-19 in orange entries in our publications section below.    The Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) is pleased to announce its Twenty-third Sustainable Development Conference (SDC) from 14 – 17 December 2020 in Islamabad, Pakistan. The overarching theme of this year’s Conference is Sustainable Development in the Times of COVID-19. Read more…       FOOD SECIRITY DASHBOARD: On 4th Nov, SDPI has shared the first prototype of Food Security Dashboard with Dr Moeed Yousaf, the Special Assistant to Prime Minister on  National Security and Economic Outreach in the presence of stakeholders, including Ministry of National Food Security and Research. Provincial and district authorities attended the event in person or through zoom. The dashboard will help the government monitor and regulate the supply chain of essential food commodities.

Cool Roofs: Solar Radiation Management (SRM) Techniques to Combat Climate Change and Energy Crisis

Nov 21

3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

SDPI Seminar Hall, 38, Embassy Road, G-6/3, Islamabad

Solar Radiation Management (SRM) is used to make
earth more reflective by diverting incoming solar radiation. This provides a
cooling affect to counteract the warming influence of increasing green house
gases. Cool roofs is one of the SRM technique that increase the reflectivity of
the build environment by painting the roofs, roads and pavements with bright
reflective white. This help’s reflect away the sweltering temperatures of urban
heat islands in summer, improving the air quality and comfort while subsequently
reducing the rising energy consumption. 

According to Steven Chu, US Energy Secretary, “Cool roofs
are one of the quickest and lowest cost ways we can reduce our global carbon
emissions and begin the hard work of slowing climate change”. Research in this
subject suggests that widespread installations of cool roofs and pavements can
reduce summer air temperatures in cities by 2 to 3 degrees Celsius (4 to 5
degrees Fahrenheit). In the Los Angeles
basin, reroofing and repaving with lighter colors, in combination with planting
shade trees, could reduce smog levels by about 10%. Cool roofs also reduce the
overall energy consumption of individual buildings by lowering the cooling
demand. If the building is not air-conditioned, cool roofs can make the building
considerably more comfortable.

This provides an opportunity to address the
challenges of climate change as well as severe energy crisis in Pakistan.
The session aims at starting discourse on SRM techniques, facilitating
stakeholders and to create knowledge within the specific socio economic context
in Pakistan.


Chair: Shakeel Ahmad Ramay, Senior Research Associate, Climate Change Study Center, SDPI

  • Mr Abrar Malik, Assistant Chief (Buildings) National Energy
    Conservation Centre (ENERCON), Islamabad
  • Mr Tenveer Mehmud, Former National Programme Coordinator, Clean
    Development Mechanism (CDM)
  • Syed Amjad Hussain, Advisor, Climate Change and Clean Development
    Mechanism (CDM)
  • Ms Farzana Yasmin, Project Associate, Sustainable
    Development Policy Institute (SDPI)