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Stakeholders Consultation for the development of 1 st Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (R3E) Cluster in Pakistan

December 16, 2019

Islamabad, 11th November, 2019: The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) held a consultative workshop for the development of 1st Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (R3E) Cluster in Pakistan under the framework of GEF funded project : Sustainable Energy Initiative for Industries in Pakistan.

The cluster will serve as one window platform for promoting energy partnerships through articulation of the stakeholders and national actors in order to enhance cooperation, knowledge sharing and promote the uptake of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency technologies and measures in energy intensive sectors of Pakistan. This in affect will result in reduction of GHG emissions, Job creation in RE and EE Sector  and will foster green growth in Pakistan. The workshop aimed at determining role of  national actors including federal and provincial energy departments, Industrial associations and chambers, academia and other relevant institutions for development and sustainability of the cluster.

On the  occasion, Dr. Sardar Mohazzam, Managing Director, National Energy Efficiency and Conservation Agency (NEECA), on behalf of Ministry of Energy appreciated the efforts and role of UNIDO in promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy in the industrial sector of Pakistan. He briefed the participants on the activities of NEECA and the way forward for the promotion of energy efficiency in Pakistan.  He assured NEECA’s support and eagerness to collaborate with UNIDO for the formation of the Cluster, in consultation with the provincial energy departments to ensure the success of this cluster.

During the workshop group discussions were held on assessing and aligning the needs of the industry and how the R3E cluster could add value through providing effective support in terms of implementing RE & EE technologies and approaches in energy intensive industrial sectors of Pakistan.

Mr. Abdur Rehman, Representative of Punjab Energy Efficiency and Conservation Agency (PEECA) described the importance of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency in the country context and enlighten the audience on Government of Punjab initiative of solarizing all the Public sector institutions in Punjab. On Behalf of Baluchistan Energy Department, Mr. Agha Hassan highlighted the enormous potential of the province of Baluchistan and that their department was keen to be involved in the cluster program with the support from UNIDO and NEECA.

Mr. Badar ul Islam, Officer in Charge, UNIDO elaborated on the role and activities of UNIDO in the context of industrial development and how cluster based approach of UNIDO could affectively contribute towards inclusive and sustainable industrial development. He highlighted the strategic importance of this  R3E cluster initiative  and how this is aligned with the national priorities. He further stressed upon that public sector buy-in play an integral for sustainable operation of the cluster.

The workshop was attended by officials from the industry, public and private sector, academia, financial institutions, international organizations and regulatory authorities . All participants provided their view points and inputs on the R3E cluster concept  which will significantly contribute towards creating a most viable and sustainable model for the R3E cluster.

The workshop concluded with remarks from Dr. Carlos Chanduvi, Senior Coordinator, UNIDO Headquarters in Vienna who thanked the participants and dwelled on the global perspective and strategic importance of cluster initiative.