UNITED NATIONS has designated 2012 as the international year of ‘sustainable energy for all’. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is leading a global initiative on Sustainable Energy for All to mobilize action from all sectors of society in support of three interlinked objectives to be achieved by 2030: providing universal access to modern energy services; doubling the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency; and doubling the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix.
Given the worst type of energy crisis that we face, we do need to explore alternative energy sources. The import of fuel is not only costing much to the exchequer, but its consumption is also harming the environment due to emission of greenhouse gases.
Due to various reasons, including hike in the international oil prices and geo-political factors, dependence on imported oil is not sustainable in the long run. Pakistan, with its ideal location, has vast potential of producing solar and wind energy, which can be tapped optimally for socio-economic development.
A number of countries have taken steps by fostering bilateral and multilateral cooperation and allocating substantial resources on research. We should chart a roadmap to put in place effective policies supportive of developing cost-effective technologies relating to renewable energy.
Javed Iqbal @Peshawar