STAFF REPORT LHR: The scientific and business community of Pakistan, at a recently held seminar, has urged the government to invest in alternative energy resources like bio-diesel, coal and solar power to overcome the energy crisis.

The seminar was arranged by the LCCI in collaboration with the Institute of Research Promotion (IRP) and National Forum for environment and health (NFEH) in connection with the World Environment Day 2013.

On the occasion, President LCCI Farooq Iftikhar said that some hybrid system needs to be chalked out, warning that they cant rely on solar energy alone.

Iftikhar said that his personal feeling is that there seems to be shortage of technical experts, so it is up to the academia and the business community to come forward and offer their expertise to mitigate the energy crisis.

Former chairman of the PSF Prof. Dr Farid A Malik said that now provinces are authorized to generate their own power and exploit their own energy resources.

From an energy standpoint, Punjab is seriously handicapped as it lags behind in oil, gas and hydel energy resources as compared to other provinces. He added that there are three main energy options for the province in the near future: solar, biogas and coal.

Abid HK Shirwani, CEO of IRP said Green Energy is one of the most cost effective means of energy so the industry must invest in it.

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