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  • Friday, February 8, 2019

  • CUI

  • CCRD

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.  


  • Monday, January 21, 2019

  • CUI

  • CCRD

Centre for Climate Research and Development (CCRD), COMSATS University Islamabad (CUI) hosted Dr. Munir Ahmed, Sr. Director / Chief Scientific Officer, CEWRI, NARC, Islamabad, for a talk titled, “Climate Risk Reduction Adaptation: Interventions of Irrigation Water and Solar Energy for Sustainable Agriculture”. The event was held on Wednesday, 16 January 2019 in the Main Library Auditorium, CUI. People from Dept. of Biosciences, NARC, Dept. of Meteorology and others were present in the event.

Dr. Ahmed, discussed that agriculture is a backbone of the economy of  Pakistan. Agriculture provides employment for roughly 25 million people in Pakistan and is the main income source for 34% and 74% of economically active men and women respectively in the country. Three-fourths of the country receives less than 250 mm of rainfall annually. The country has a comprehensive network of irrigation infrastructure including canals and dams, yet water resources for agriculture are expected to decline in coming years. Climate is expected to have significant impacts on agriculture. More frequent and severe droughts and floods are already apparent, and their impact increases as a growing population need more food and fiber. Climate change is a major threat to rural livelihoods and food security and the poor in general are the most vulnerable to climate change. The agricultural systems are very complex due to interacting direct and indirect climate-related risks. Year to year variability in climate already contributes to rural poverty where exposure is high and adaptive capacity is low. Increasing temperatures will translate into increased crop water demand, salinity and sea water intrusion. 

Dr. Ahmed also explained that appropriate adaptation measures need to be focused in framing policy actions to ensure water, energy and food for the country as well as to minimize the impact of climate change. Critical investments in climate adaptations and smart agriculture are needed to tackle the emerging challenges to the agricultural sector, especially in the context of declining water availability and climate change impacts smart agriculture is a need of hour.  Pakistan is making considerable efforts to incorporate renewable energy technologies into its agricultural production systems to overcome persistent and widespread energy shortages in the country. Further he explained about NARC project in different part of the country.

After a vote of thanks, a souvenir was presented to the guest speaker by Dr. Toqeer Ahmed, Assistant Professor, CCRD, CUI and a group picture of the participants was taken in the library auditorium and refreshments were served to participants




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  • Monday, November 26, 2018

  • CUI

  • CCRD

A three member delegation comprising of Prof. Dr. Xiuming Liu, Dr. Mingming Ma and Dr. Xuegang Mao from Fujian Normal University (FNU), Fuzhou, China visited COMSATS University Islamabad (CUI) on Thursday 22 November 2018.

The delegation was accompanied by Dr. Rasheed A. Tabrez, Project Director CUI Karachi campus and Mr. Ali Tawab Baloch, Senior Manager. International Office welcomed the delegates at CUI. They were shown different facilities of the campus. Subsequently, a Document of understanding (DoU) was signed between CUI and FNU to conduct a joint research project on impact of climate change on the ecosystem and ancient agricultural progress in Indus river valley and Himalaya region. The DOU was signed by Prof. Dr. Athar Hussain, Head Centre for Climate Research and Development (CCRD) and Chairman Meteorology department and Prof. Dr. Xiuming Liu.  Prof. Dr. Raheel Qamar, Rector CUI, Dr. Fahim A. Qureshi, Registrar and Mr. Tahir Naeem, Director P&D and HRD were present on the occasion.

FNU delegates are visiting Pakistan to conduct field visits for exploring sediments of the farm land along with ancient sites of Indus civilization.

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  • Thursday, November 15, 2018

  • CUI

  • CCRD

Press Release
12th November 2018

IPCC 1.5ºC Special Report : Headline Messages

Centre for Climate Research and Development (CCRD), COMSATS University Islamabad organized a very informative and interesting talk titled, “IPCC 1.5ºC Special Report : Headline Messages ”. The Talk was delivered by Dr. Muhammad Fahad Saeed, The Research Fellow, Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) Islamabad, Pakistan. Participants were from different universities and organizations, including International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI), COMSATS university Islamabad and GCISC.

The 
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is an intergovernmental body of the United Nations, dedicated to providing the world with an objective, scientific view of climate change and its political and economic impacts. its reports support the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the main international treaty on climate change. The objective of the UNFCCC is to "stabilize greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that would prevent dangerous anthropogenic (human-induced) interference with the climate system".

The recently published IPCC report is said to be the most important report in the history of IPCC. In its decision on the adoption of the Paris Agreement, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) at its 21st Session in Paris invited the IPCC to provide a special report in 2018 on the impacts of global warming of 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways. This report was tabled before the parties on the 48th session of the IPCC on 1-5 October 2018 in Incheon, Republic of Korea for its final approval, and was unanimously approved by the end of the session.

Dr. Fahad Saeed participated in the approval plenary in Incheon, in capacity of scientific advisor to Least Developed Country. In his talk, he shared the first hand information about the process of IPCC as well as the key scientific message coming out of the approved 1.5ºC special report.

In the end, vote of thanks was given by Hassaan Sipra, Scientific officer, CCRD, CUI; a souvenir was presented to the guest speaker and a group picture of the participants was taken in BIC hall. Finally, the refreshments were served to participants.

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  • Wednesday, October 31, 2018

  • CUI

  • CCRD

Press Release
29th October 2018

Global Climate Change-Local Impacts – The Case of Pakistan Water Resources

Centre for Climate Research and Development (CCRD), COMSATS University Islamabad organized a very informative and interesting talk titled, “Global Climate Change-Local Impacts – The Case of Pakistan Water Resources”. The Talk was delivered by Dr. Muhammad Zia ur Rahman Hashmi, The head of water resources & Glaciology section, global change impact studies Centre (GCISC), Islamabad, Pakistan. Participants were from different universities and organizations, including International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI), Quaid-e-Azam University (QAU), Institute of Space Technology (IST), Bahria University Islamabad (BUI) COMSATS university Islamabad and GCISC. 

Dr. Zia ur Rehman Hashmi briefed introduction about earth climate system. Climate variability is both natural and anthropogenic this has now become a recognized fact that climate change is real, it is already here, it is here to stay, and humans are responsible for it. Zia Hashmi said that multiple studies published in peer-reviewed scientific journals showed that 97 % or more  climate scientists agreed climate change is not a myth, it’s a reality. Climate-warming trends over the past century are extremely likely to be due to human activities. Pakistan is already experiencing the negative consequences of Climate change. Pakistan is the 7th most affected country as far as climate change impacts (especially in the form of more frequent and more intense extreme weather events such as thunderstorms, cloudbursts, large-scale floods, and droughts) are concerned. Currently, there is a hot debate going on country's water future which is an important determinant of the overall prosperity and sustainable development in Pakistan. Also, we are a signatory party to the landmark Paris climate agreement-2015 which entails global efforts to limit global warming below 20C. Hence, Pakistan’s climate action, as defined by the Prime Minister of Pakistan, is three-pronged (with Adaptation as our priority and mitigation as our contribution in the global efforts under Paris agreement); 

1.    Safety and wellbeing of the people (Adaptation)
2.    Climate-friendly, sustainable development (Adaptation/mitigation)
3.    Fulfilling our international commitments (Mitigation and reporting)

Therefore, to combat climate change in Pakistan, we need a proper understanding of the problem to devise locally relevant solutions and actions on the ground.
In the end, vote of thanks was given by Dr. Toqeer Ahmad, Assistant Professor, CCRD, CUI; a souvenir was presented to the guest speaker and a group picture of the participants was taken in front of BIC hall. Finally, the refreshments were served to participants.

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