Pakistan to convert into 60% clean energy by 2030: Imran Khan
The PM also announced that his government will not fund any new coal based power plant project
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan said that his country eyes 60 percent clean energy by 2030, in its bid to mitigate the effects of climate change
He made this statement in the United Nations' climate change summit on Sunday, reports Geo news.
Addressing the summit, the premier said that 30 percent of all the country's vehicles will run on electricity in the near future.
"I assure you that Pakistan will be doing its best to make its contribution to mitigate the effects of climate change," the premier said.
"Pakistan is the country whose contribution to global emission is less than 1%, yet and sadly, we are the fifth most vulnerable country to climate change," he added.
The prime minister, explaining what Pakistan had decided to do about climate change, said that the country has decided to opt for "nature-based solutions" to mitigate the effects.
According to his speech, Pakistan has increased the number of national parks and protected areas from 30 to 45 and the country is planning to plant 10 billion trees in the next three years.
The PM also announced that his government will not fund any new coal based power plant project saying, "We have already scrapped two coal power projects that were supposed to produce 2,600MW energy and replaced them with hydroelectricity."
The summit marks the fifth anniversary of the Paris Agreement.
At the summit, it is expected that the participating countries will set out new ambitious commitments under three pillars of the Paris Agreement, namely mitigation, adaptation and finance.