Carbon markets new opportunity for Pakistan to improve economic situation, reduce carbon emissions: Linulf


ISLAMABAD: Ambassador of Denmark, Jakob Linulf on Thursday said carbon markets are a new opportunity for Pakistan to improve its economic situation and reduce carbon emissions for a green development through sustainable and environment friendly practices. He was addressing to the one-day capacity building workshop for journalists on Climate-Smart Reporting: Carbon Market and Equitable Development jointly organized by the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) and the Embassy of Denmark. Ambassador Jakob Linulf said climate change was casting adverse impacts on the globe and it was equally important for Pakistan and Denmark to develop strategies for averting its risks to humanity and biodiversity. He said Denmark had completed its green transition and transformed its energy sector from a fossil fuel-dependent energy mix to a greener one based on solar, wind, and biomass. “Denmark has faced a lot of challenges in the way and that’s why it wants to share its lessons learnt with Pakistan so that it do not repeat the same mistakes,” he said. The Danish Ambassador highlighted that the Embassy was collaborating with the SDPI for experience and knowledge sharing. He noted that the Danish companies had adequate technologies to address climate change impacts which
can collaborate with their Pakistani counterparts. In his opening remarks, Dr Abid Qaiyum Suleri, Executive Director, SDPI said the aim of the workshop is to address knowledge gaps, leverage international practices and find a way forward in collaboration with relevant stakeholders. Dr Suleri said journalists can shape public opinion and guide policymakers on adopting efficient carbon markets, whereas the think-tank and media both can benefit from each other’s experiences to reduce carbon emissions. Soren Lutken, Chief Carbon Market Special UNEP openhagen said carbon markets is not the only solution to climate crisis as it was not exactly the idea to reduce but shift the emissions from one place to the other. Nadeem Nawaz, Special Advisor and
Country Manager at Danish Energy Agency and Global Cooperation provided a brief presentation on the long-term energy planning strategies of Pakistan towards 2050. Dr Khalid Waleed, Senior Economist and Energy Expert SDPI and Tahir Dhindsa, SDTV presented mementos to Ambassador and the experts. Engineer Ubaid-Ur-Rehman, Head of Energy Unit, SDPI, Saleha Qureshi, Research Associate, SDPI and Zainab Naeem, Research Associate facilitated the group activity and presented their presentations on various aspects of CBAM and Carbon markets. Executive Director, SDPI Dr Abid Suleri distributed certificates among the participants.

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