Centre for Climate Research and Development (CCRD), COMSATS University Islamabad (CUI) hosted Mr. Asad Mahmood, Manager (Technical), National Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority, for a talk titled, “Energy Efficiency Initiatives & Legal Framework for Pakistan”. The event was held on Thursday, 07 February 2019 at the Junaid Zaidi Library Auditorium (Basement), CUI. Faculty and students from various departments, including mathematics, management sciences and engineering, gained insights from Mr. Mahmood, a field based expert on energy efficiency in Pakistan.
Mr. Mahmood described the legislative framework that led to the approval of the National Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act 2018, noting that holistic regulatory mechanisms were defined across major energy consuming sectors: transport, building, power, industrial and agriculture. Mr. Mahmood explained the major potential for energy efficiency is in securing 500-1,000 MW of capacity by actively working to secure energy flow, generate data on business categories, and via introduction of businesses to new energy technologies, standards and trainings.
In particular, Mr. Mahmood highlighted the immediate need for localized energy efficiency to manage load shedding through summer action plans, sensitization of development projects to low power factor, implementation of the green building codes for public sector construction, strengthening of institutional arrangements, and the incorporation of energy efficiency into the PC-1. He went on share success stories in the energy labelling, brick kiln retrofits and energy efficient schools, noting that these successes could not have been achieved without the clarity of mandate to different departments in the run up to the NEECA Act 2018 approval.
Dr. Toqeer Ahmed, Assistant Professor, CCRD, presented a souvenir to the guest speaker after a vote of thanks. Alongside refreshments, key issues related to university students’ engagement on data collection for identification of industrial categories, growing green architecture demand and the water-energy nexus were discussed, as a means to continue building collaborations.