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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.

To strengthen Policy Narrative, Commitment for Improved Investment and Recovery packages to make transition towards Renewable Energy and Climate Resilience in Pakistan

Partner/Donor: European Climate Foundation

Duration: November 2020 to November 2021

Team Members: Dr. Abid Q. Suleri, Dr. Hina Aslam, Dr. Sajid Amin, Ahad Nazir, Ubaid Ur Rehman Zia, Abdullah Khalid, Ayesha Ilyas


Pakistan plans to expand energy production from coal to more than double (7615 MW) from its current operating capacity (3770MW). Energy production from coal is a continuing trend which remained in single digit percentage over the last two decades, however jumped in 2018 to 12.7% coal consumption in the energy mix after the CPEC. With the already fossil fuel-dominated energy mix, further expansions will make it difficult for the country to align with PA goals.  The utilisation of renewable energy sources is very limited, with installed capacities at approximately 1.1% in 2018, although the country has high renewable energy potential.  Air pollution is another issue of concern in Pakistan, with deaths attributed to air pollution estimated to about 128 000 in 2017 (State of Global Air, 2019).

It is important to understand that Pakistan is at cross-roads. According to estimates of the Oil and Gas Development Company Limited (OGDCL), Pakistan’s indigenous oil reserves will exhaust by 2025, and Pakistan will run out of domestic sources of natural gas by 2030.This necessitates the need for diversification of the current fuel mix and reduce the power generation cost per unit.

In this backdrop, Pakistan has drafted Alternate and Renewable Energy (ARE) Policy 2019. ARE 2019 aims to create a conducive environment for the sustainable growth of ARE Sector in Pakistan. Under the new draft policy, Pakistan intends to have 20% of its generation capacity as ARE technologies by 2025 and 30% by 2030 (20X25 and 30X30 target). Thus, the research carried out under this project, and advocacy carried out shall naturally garner support from the relevant government institutions such as Ministry of Energy, Alternate Energy Development Board, and Ministry of Climate Change to achieve the target set in the new policy.


Overall objective of the project is to strengthen policy narrative, commitment for the improved investment and recovery packages to make transition towards renewable energy and climate resilience in Pakistan

Through exploratory research and policy outreach activities, SDPI aims to achieve following objectives:

  • Identifying potential and barriers to green recovery in Pakistan
  • Devising policy recommendations for key sectors including energy, transport, and industry
  • Sensitizing the stakeholders such as executives and legislatures, media, private sector, etc. on indebtedness challenges and potential to move towards green sectors
  • Building stakeholders coordination and engagement mechanism to take forward collective efforts for clean and green energy agenda in national discourse


The major outputs envisaged for the project include:

  1. Research reports focusing on analysis of the impact of the health and economic crisis for future growth trajectories and energy sector consumption and growth for Pakistan including:
    • Analysis of current levels of indebtedness to multilateral and bilateral actors and implications for future growth and development and identify avenues for swapping debt with investment in green sectors.
    • Analysis of stabilisation/stimulus packages already announced by government and/or donors and their impacts on furthering or slowing the energy transition including analysis of bailouts and handouts to the fossil fuel industry.
    • Formulation of real economy recommendations for stimulus and investment in key sectors impacting climate such as transport, energy, and industry which should include clear recommendations for recovery packages that will stimulate growth, jobs and investment while building in climate resilience and helping to transition economies away from fossil fuels and towards clean energy.
  2. Based on the evidence created the following meetings will be conducted in the period of the project:
  • 4 Quarterly Roundtable Meetings
  • 6 Meetings with Think Tanks
  • 4 Meetings with media
  • 4 Meetings with Finance and Energy Experts
  • 3 Green Parliamentarian Caucus meetings
  • 4 Talk Shows


For More Information, Contact the Following Person:

Hina Aslam