STAFF REPORT ISB: Though the energy crisis has become a chronic issue in the country badly hampering the overall economic progress and shattering the national life. However, the government repeatedly claims that it is making all-out efforts and taking initiatives to overcome the energy shortfall especially power and gas sector.

While addressing a recently held three-day international conference on energy systems and policies in Islamabad, President Mamnoon Hussain said that efficient energy generation and management system is indispensable for economic progress of Pakistan.

He pointed out that the energy shortage has adversely affected the life of a common man and the economy with impact on national security.

He revealed that the government has started several hydro, solar and coal-based projects, which are also important for diversification of energy mix.

Addressing the energy issue is the vital concern of government and all efforts are being made to overcome the energy crisis in the country.

He added that this situation is causing serious setbacks to our social, economic, and developmental programs with very adverse effects on our national growth, development and security issues. “We know that Pakistan is rich in a variety of natural energy resources. It remains for our scientists and engineers to find workable solutions to our energy crisis. He explained several policies introduced by the government to seriously address the framework issues related to energy sector.”

He informed that by February 2015, all CNG stations will be converted to LNG stations to overcome the difficulties faced by public. He talked about several power projects planned to be set up by the government including the 1100 MW Solar Power Plant in Bahawalpur.

He said that international and national scholars participated in the conference surely have nice experiences of knowledge sharing and knowledge dissemination for mutual professional benefits. He said, its very positive sign that educational institutes are taking the initiatives at their own in the matters of national interest considering their social responsibility.

On the occasion, Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt said that Pakistan has requisite human resources to overcome the energy crisis. He also said the international community should also set aside their misperceptions about Pakistan and come forward for assistance to solve the problem.

In his remarks, Higher Education Commission Chairman Mukhtar Ahmad said that the universities should come up with solutions on the problems, including energy and water shortages, faced by Pakistan.

Vice Chancellor Air University, Air Vice Marshal (Retd) Faaiz Amir, highlighted that the conference touched upon energy generation technologies, renewable energy resources and technologies, nuclear energy, energy efficiency and conservation measures, and last but not the least the impact of all these technologies and practices on planet earth.

He pointed the significance of technical discussions for the practical application of technologies on energy efficient buildings and fuel efficient designs of automotive engines.

He added that we also deliberated the Impact of energy consumption on climate change and effects of climate change on wind energy. He said, “We strongly believe that it is the combined effect of this creative teaching and creative research that ensures a knowledge-based society.”

Prof Dr Afzaal Malik, the conference chair thanked to all scholars for their useful contribution, the faculty, students and all supporting staff for conducting a successful conference at Air University.

The benefits of energy efficiency go well beyond the simple scaling back of energy demand, according to a new report from the International Energy Agency published today.

In a study that reframes the discussion about the so-called “hidden fuel”, the IEA shows how energy efficiency has the potential to support economic growth, enhance social development, advance environmental sustainability, ensure energy-system security and help build wealth.

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