President Dr. Arif Alvi urged the enhancement of energy efficiency, the adoption of sustainable practices, and a shift in attitudes and priorities to alleviate the adverse consequences of climate change.
In addressing an event related to the “Green Presidency of Pakistan” project at Aiwan-e-Sadr, the president emphasized, “Mitigating carbon emissions involves transitioning to renewable energy sources, improving energy efficiency, reforestation, and adopting sustainable practices to curb the adverse impacts on the planet’s climate and ecosystems.”
The Green Presidency of Pakistan, a flagship initiative, successfully installed a one-megawatt solar PV system and implemented effective energy conservation and efficiency measures.
President Alvi highlighted that this initiative is expected to reduce Aiwan-e-Sadr’s energy usage by 42.5%, equivalent to a decrease of 3,144 tonnes of greenhouse gases or the planting of 142,090 mature trees.
Expressing satisfaction, he noted, “It is a matter of great pleasure that, out of 129 projects from around the world, the Green Presidency Project of Pakistan has been conferred with the prestigious award of ‘International Energy Project of the Year 2023.'”
The president expressed gratitude to the Association of Energy Engineers USA for recognizing the project with the esteemed “Best International Energy Project of the Year Award for 2023.”
Addressing the issue of climate change impacts, President Alvi emphasized the need to halt the dangers posed by the modern world with changing priorities and attitudes. He also called for the promotion of global peace and the discouragement of wars, which he identified as a significant factor diverting the world’s focus from mitigating global warming.
Despite Pakistan contributing less than 1% to carbon emissions, President Alvi highlighted the substantial losses the country suffered in last year’s devastating floods, attributing them to global warming and climate change.
Reflecting on the changing priorities, he remarked that despite abundant resources in the mid-20th century, people were more conscious of utilizing natural resources carefully. However, he noted a shift in priorities and the mixing of needs and wants, leading to the abundant use of resources for convenience.
Drawing on teachings from Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), President Alvi emphasized the importance of consuming natural resources with utmost care, aligning with the practices demonstrated by the Prophet in his life.
Highlighting the global transition towards clean energy, the president underscored, “The need for plentiful, sustainable energy that doesn’t disrupt the delicate balance of the Earth’s atmosphere may be the single most important issue facing this generation.” He emphasized that decisions and technologies developed in the coming decades would have profound implications for geopolitics, wildlife, food production, and various spheres of human endeavor.
President Alvi encouraged stakeholders, including architects, to play a role in efficient energy conservation. Additionally, he stressed the importance of engaging children to raise awareness about the value of natural resources and the impacts of climate change.