Pakistan, Denmark to strengthen green energy partnership

Pakistan and Denmark officials agreed to strengthen bilateral cooperation in the renewable energy sector and green transition.

Denmark’s foreign minister Jeppe Kofod discussed the ongoing cooperation in green energy as well as strengthening trade and investment ties during his visit to Pakistan.

Pakistan’s foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and Denmark’s foreign minister Jeppe Kofod agreed to strengthen bilateral cooperation in areas such as climate change, green transition, and sustainable trade.

Denmark and Pakistan have various shared interests, including on trade, the green agenda, and regional stability, the officials said. Qureshi and Kofod exchanged views on a wide range of areas including the latest developments in Afghanistan as well as bilateral cooperation. Kofod also expressed profound gratitude to Pakistan for assisting the Danish evacuation efforts from Afghanistan.

The two sides reaffirmed the resolve to further expand the growing cooperation, particularly in the fields of trade and investment and renewable energy. Pakistani foreign minister said that he looked forward to the early conclusion of the Green Partnership Framework Agreement between Denmark and Pakistan.

Danish Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod also called on Prime Minister Imran Khan in Islamabad during his October 1 visit. PM Khan said that Pakistan was committed to further diversify bilateral cooperation especially in the renewable energy sector besides increasing people-to-people contacts between the two countries.

They had a detailed discussion on cooperation on climate change and the need for concerted efforts by the international community to mitigate its adverse effects. The Danish foreign minister appreciated the Pakistani premier’s 10 billion tree project and other green initiatives. PM Khan underscored the significance of mobilizing scaled up and predictable international climate finance to support climate actions in developing countries.

In March 2021, Pakistan and Denmark announced the formation of a joint technical working group to develop the mechanism for government-to-government collaboration on renewable energy. Danish Ambassador Lis Rosenholm offered support to assist Pakistan’s green transition “to increase clean electricity production and convert to green solutions for sustainable, environmental, social and economic development.”

Pakistan expressed interest in collaboration with Denmark to locally manufacture wind turbines and solar panels to achieve the country’s clean energy goal and to reduce the cost of renewable energy. Pakistan aims to produce 60 per cent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030.

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