Road to COP26: Role of Academia in Energy Transition of Pakistan

Event details

  • Thursday | 26 Aug, 2021
  • 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Online


As the UK prepares to host the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP-26), the governments are outlining their ambitions for the domestic climate and environment policy. Collaboration across the sectors will be vital to ensuring that the framework put in place is robust; utilizing evidence-based targets, while drawing from both industry insights and academic research. COP-26 provides an opportunity for higher education and academic experts to “shine a spotlight” on the role this sector can play through energy efficiency and conservation techniques as a tool to address the climate change ahead. The “COP-26 Universities Network (UK-based)” is also a growing group of over 80 universities and research centers working together to raise ambition for tangible outcomes from the UN COP26. Considering energy sector contributes to almost 50% of Pakistan’s total GHG emissions, critical steps are needed to control the growing energy demand which is expected to go beyond 300 MTOE by 2030 and the resulting emission that are expected to increase by almost three folds during the same time period. Decreased use of energy through energy efficiency and conservation measures thus offer wide ranging benefits across all energy consuming sectors, i.e., buildings, industry, and transportation. Scope and Objectives Given this context, there is a need to analyze the role that can be played by the academic sector of Pakistan as the country is planning its ambitions for COP 26. Overcoming energy efficiency challenges can further provide a pathway for government to plan strategies that target green, sustainable, and inclusive development. To bring upon the way forward, SDPI is organizing a Focus Group Discussion (FGD) with key

experts from Academia and Public-sector Authorities. The dialogue aims to discuss the following key objectives:

1. What role can research institutions and academia play in helping to provide the knowledge needed to support a clean energy transition? Where are the knowledge gaps?

2. How COP26 can put the developing countries like Pakistan to accelerate the energy transition, and support in accessing the finance to unlock clean energy investments in Pakistan?

Moderator: Ms. Maryam Shabbir, Environmentalist, SDPI
- Dr. Sajid Amin Javed, Research Fellow & Head, Policy Solutions Lab, SDPI
- Dr. Hina Aslam, Research Fellow, SDPI
- Dr. Muhammad Farooq, Associate Professor, UET Lahore
- Dr. Muzaffar Ali, Professor, UET Taxila
- Dr. Nadeem Ahmed Sheikh, Dean, Mechanical Engineering, IIUI
- Dr. Abdul Sattar Nizami, Associate Professor, Sustainable Development Study Centre, Govt. College University, Lahore.