Pakistan has assured the international community that it would shift to 60 percent clean energy and 30 percent electric vehicle use by 2030, Dawn reported.
Addressing the US-initiated Leaders Summit in Washington, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Climate Change Malik Amin Aslam called upon developed nations to fulfill their commitment to help others make the transition from carbon-based to clean energy.
“We have committed ourselves to 60 percent clean energy and 30 pcrcent electric vehicle transition by 2030. So, Pakistan is clearly doing more than its share for the climate change issue,” he said.
Aslam said the international community should honour commitment of USD 100 billion assistance
Leaders from 40 countries are attending this two-day virtual summit, which started on Earth Day.
Later, US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack invited Pakistan’s representative Aslam, to share with the world what a water-stressed country like Pakistan was doing to manage its water resources.
Aslam pointed out that Pakistan contributes less than 1 percent to global emissions, yet it’s one of top 10 on the list of most vulnerable countries because of its topography and geography.
“We face the Himalayan glaciers which are melting in the north, the arid zones which are getting heat waves like never before, cyclones in the south and rising sea levels and floods in the plains,” he said.
The Pakistan representative informed the world that in recent years the frequency and intensity of these disasters had gone up, affecting 220 million people.
Pakistan, he said, was planting 10 billion trees and restoring nearly 1million hectares of forests, including the mangroves in the south.