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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.

Muhammad Hamza

Weekly Technology Times

Published Date: Feb 1, 2019

Planning Ministry to focus on green energy in 12th five-year plan

It is high time that we should move towards more cleaner,affordable and green energy solutions and that too incorporate in the 12th five-year plan, which is in finalization phase, said  Arshad Ali Chaudhary, Joint Secretary and Chief Climate Change and Energy Section, Planning Commission.
He said that said that in Pakistan power generation alone is not an issue but power distribution, transmission and affordability with minimum theft and line losses are major challenges of the power sector, which also require due attention by the policymakers.
He said this while addressing the inaugural session of training workshop titled “Evidence-based policies for the sustainable use of energy resources in the Asia-Pacific Region”, organized by Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI), in collaboration with Ministry of Planning, Development and Reforms and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) here at Islamabad. Arshad Ali said that the challenge for us is to achieve the clean and green energy mix with negligible environmental impact and more economic dividends.   
Dr. Abid Qaiyum Suleri, Executive Director, SDPI said that current primary energy mix is dominated by traditional, biomass, oil and natural gas with coal, whereas nuclear, hydro and other renewables playing a limited role. He said that the government in its recent economic reform package removed all sort of taxes and duties on imports of renewable energy products, which is a positive step-forward towards green energy commitment of the country. He said that SDPI has now collaborated with Energy Research Institute of China for evidence based research and assessment of energy sector challenges faced by Pakistan and the region. SDPI continues to extend its research on energy sector including, Sustainable Energy For All (SE4All) Pakistan’s perspective and Bioenergy and Sustainability in South Asia, he added.
Michael Williamson, Chief of Energy Division, UNESCAP said that the choices we all have made in the past to use oil and biomass for power generation now led to dire consequences in the form of climate change. He said that we have to change our priorities towards energy mix. For that, there is a need to strengthen capacities of policymakers to develop evidence-based policy and planning for sustainable use of energy resources at national and regional levels. He further added that Pakistan has wonderful opportunities and potential in solar and wind energy.
Dr Vaqar Ahmed, Joint Executive Director, SDPI said that the planning departments of federal and provincial governments are currently in the process of finalizing long term growth strategies, where the Planning Commission is also formulating the 12th five years plan. He said that as part of this five-year plan it is important that Pakistan should put in place and follow an integrated energy plan. It is also important to remember that policies being proposed are based on scientific evidence. For this purpose, SDPI, Planning Commission and UNESCAP have joined hands to develop energy planning models which can develop alternate scenarios of Pakistan’s future energy demand and supply needs, he added. These exercises will also forecast investments which may be requested to meet future energy demand. Dr Vaqar said such model will also inform regarding the protection of environment which can be ensured through the use of cleaner energy fuels. This exercise will also involve collaboration with the ministry of climate change, he added.