Pakistan intends to adapt to Zero-Carbon emission goal by 2050: Amin Aslam

We will make optimal use of our wind, hydel, solar and nuclear resources

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Islamabad: Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Climate Change Malik Amin Aslam has said that Pakistan intends to adapt to the Zero-Carbon emission goal by 2050 in energy by using all types of renewable and low-carbon sources.

Mr. Malik was speaking at an International Webinar on “Nuclear energy: a key to Net Zero (Green Future)” organized by Strategic Stability Institute (SASSI) University.

Mr. Malik said that we will make optimal use of our wind, hydel, solar, and nuclear resources to meet the goals set by the Conference of the Parties (COP26) recently held in Glasgow. He said that Pakistan plans to use 40,000 MW of nuclear energy by 2050.

Dr. Zafar Nawaz Jaspal from the School of Politics and International Relations, Quaid-i-Azam University, was the moderator.

Mr. Zia ul Hasan Siddiqui, ex-Member (Power), Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) hoped for a global policy regarding increasing the capacity of existing and new reactors.  He advised using only nuclear technology instead of fossil fuel plants for base load power generation. He said that renewable sources are inexhaustible and free but have time, season, and geographic limitations.

Emilia Janisz, External Manager of the European Nuclear Society said that nuclear energy is available, scalable, and deployable. She observed that net-zero demands a 40% increase in nuclear energy output by 2030 and a double by 2050.

Dr. Jonathan Cobb from World Nuclear Association (WNA)said that nuclear technology has a clear future. He said that new reactors are more efficient and have more capacity than the earlier lot. COP-26 provided space for global action. He opined that a target of 1.5 degrees centigrade is weak but we have to keep it. He said that growth is required in nuclear energy to supply 25% of electricity by 2050 under the demand of the 2-degree scenario.

Dr. Syed Javaid Khurshid, former President of, Pakistan Nuclear Society, said that carbon dioxide emissions should be stabilized at 550 ppm by 2050. He said that vision of nuclear energy for 2030 and 2050 in Pakistan, is 8,800 MW and 40,000 MW respectively. He proposed the global community to form an international nuclear power fund to support the installation of new power plants. He asked developing countries to achieve zero targets quickly.

Mr. Tim Yeo,Chairman of New Nuclear Watch Institute (NNWI) stressed reducing greenhouse gases in this decade. Covid 19 already affected our efforts; he said adding that nuclear energy being a low-carbon base load power was needed more than ever before. He said that threat of climate change is the biggest challenge being a threat to humanity. He said that use of coal must stop adding that gas is also not a solution. He said that Ukraine events highlighted the importance of energy security.

Jessica Johnson, Director Communications & EU Stakeholders FORATOM demonstrated the important contribution of nuclear and renewables to the transition towards a decarbonized European Power system, Foratom, being the voice of nuclear industry in Europe. She said that with nuclear accounting for 24.8% of the energy mix, the EU may go for meeting its 2050 decarbonized targets. She further added that CO2 emissions savings for reaching the increased targets form 40% to 55% for the power sector  by the life-time extension of EU existing nuclear fleet by 2030. A climate – neutral Europe envisaged.

Hamid Akbar. Director Nuclear Security Programme, SASSI University, summarised the webinar. He said that it is easy to take our planet for granted until we see the human cost of its degradation. He further added that we are humans who want the same thing every other human wants — a safe place to live on this earth. He said that Pakistan shares of nuclear energy is 7% of the total installed energy.

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